A group of people in the Akmola region, Astana and Shymkent were involved in illegal trafficking of precious metals on an especially large scale.
Their activities were exposed by employees of the AFM department for the Akmola region under the coordination of the regional prosecutor’s office. The entire scheme for the illegal mining, purchase and sale of gold, the manufacture of unaccounted jewelry from it and their sale has been established, inbusiness.kz reports with reference to the press service of the department .
“From 2019 to the present, five suspects were engaged in buying gold, illegally mined and processed by black miners in the village of Bestobe. Subsequently, gold bars were supplied through well-established channels, where unregistered jewelry of well-known brands was produced in clandestine workshops with stamps applied and sold in trading houses in Astana and Shymkent.
During the searches, more than 1 kilogram of gold bars with a gold content of 99.5% worth more than 35 million tenge were seized. Also, 335 unaccounted jewelry items prepared for sale were seized,” the statement said.
From January 2021 to October 2023, the turnover of funds between the suspects amounted to over 300 million tenge.
“Five people were recognized as suspects in the case, three of whom were subject to a preventive measure in the form of detention,” said Alibek Abdilov, official representative of the AFM RK.
In accordance with Article 201 of the Code of Criminal Procedure of the Republic of Kazakhstan, other information is not subject to dissemination.
In accordance with subparagraph 1 of paragraph 3 of Article 77 of the Constitution of the Republic of Kazakhstan and part 1 of Article 19 of the Criminal Procedure Code of the Republic of Kazakhstan, a person is considered innocent until his guilt in committing a criminal offense is established by a court verdict that has entered into legal force.