Oil smugglers exposed in Kazakhstan's Mangystau
Baku, Azerbaijan, August 31
By Nargiz Sadikhova - Trend:
Members of an organized crime group who have committed theft of oil in Kazakhstan’s Mangystau region were exposed, Trend reports with reference to Kazakh media.
As reported, the group included 12 members in total.
“The theft of oil was occurring from August 2017 to February 2019. The oil was being stolen from suspended wells of region’s fields,” the report said.
According to the media, the criminals worked following a scheme. They selected potential purchasers from other countries, and through tie-in the main pipeline pumped the liquid out to cars. After that criminals transported oil to Russia under the guise of a mix of oil waste.
Over the theft period, criminals managed to steal over 2,000 tons of oil, and the damage to the state is assessed to be 348.7 million tenge.
Furthermore, the crime group differentiated by discipline and conspiracy. Three of the group’s member, including their leader, are currently under arrest. The case was brought to court.
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