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Russian Citizen Sentenced to 3 Years for Attempted $3.5 Billion Fraud on Danish National Bank

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A 53-year-old Russian citizen was sentenced to three years in prison on Wednesday for attempting to trick the Danish National Bank into paying out or transferring 3.5 billion US dollars.

The verdict was pronounced in the Copenhagen City Court.

The 53-year-old was charged with attempted aggravated fraud and particularly serious forgery.

The man was arrested on October 21 last year after sending several emails to the National Bank in the preceding days, and he also personally visited the bank. He posed as a representative of an investment company and armed with forged documents, he attempted to persuade the bank to pay out or transfer 3.5 billion US dollars – equivalent to nearly 26 billion Danish kroner.

“This is a rather unusual case, involving an extremely large amount of money. The National Bank quickly became suspicious of the Russian man and therefore contacted the police. The investigation has indicated both attempted aggravated fraud and particularly serious forgery, which the court agreed with,” says prosecutor trainee Magnus Petersen from the prosecution authority at Copenhagen Police.

In addition to the prison sentence, the 53-year-old Russian citizen was permanently expelled from Denmark.

He chose to accept the verdict, according to the prosecution.


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