Fraudsters Wanted for Scamming over 600 People in Uzbekistan
Authorities in the Kashkadarya region of Uzbekistan are on the lookout for individuals who have defrauded more than 600 citizens of nearly 6.5 billion soums. According to the Ministry of Internal Affairs (MIA) information service, the suspects are currently at large after committing the financial fraud and are wanted for their crimes.
The scheme allegedly began on September 19, 2023, when a citizen named S.N. established the “Qarshi kredit” LLC in the city of Karshi. He appointed S.J. as the manager of the LLC, with the intention that the business be engaged in trade, advertising, and other public services. However, S.J. illegally managed to attract funds from numerous citizens by offering them loans.
The fraudsters, in collaboration with their criminal partners, lured individuals by promising to provide them with loans for a down payment. They gained the trust of their customers and took 20% of the money as an initial payment, claiming that the promised funds would be given to the customers in cash within a month.
Over the course of more than a month, from September 19, 2023, to October 26, 2023, the perpetrators received a total of 6 billion 462 million 550 thousand soums from 606 people. Subsequently, they embezzled a large amount of money in cash and used it for their personal needs.
In response to these actions, the investigation department of the Karshi city Department of Internal Affairs initiated a criminal case on October 4, 2023, under the relevant articles of the Criminal Code. Currently, an investigation is ongoing.
The suspects, S.N. and S.J., are currently evading authorities and have had a preventive detention measure ordered against them in absentia, with a search warrant issued for their apprehension.
Authorities urge anyone with information on the whereabouts of the suspects to come forward and assist in their capture. The case serves as a reminder for citizens to be vigilant and cautious when dealing with financial transactions and to report any suspicious activities to the appropriate authorities.