Former sports director of “Tambov” charged with fraud
VORONEZH, 26 Nov – Former sports director of the Tambov football club, Pavel Khudyakov, has been charged with four counts of fraud, a court spokesman said.
Khudyakov was detained on suspicion of fraud in the Moscow region on Wednesday and taken to Tambov. The representative of the Ministry of Internal Affairs for the Tambov region said that this was a fraud with the financing of a football club. On Friday, the Leninsky District Court of Tambov concluded Khudyakov in custody until January 23 of the following year, inclusive.
“He is accused of three crimes of part 4 of Article 159 (of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation) and one crime under part 3 of Article 159 (of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation),” the agency’s interlocutor said.
Thus, Khudyakov is charged with three counts of large-scale fraud and one episode of large-scale fraud.
At the end of September, law enforcement officers detained Tambov’s general director Olga Konovalova. Konovalova is charged with one episode of large-scale fraud, and is also suspected of three episodes of large-scale fraud and one episode of large-scale fraud. Konovalov, who is accused of a scam with financing the club, was taken into custody until January 26, 2022.
“Tambov” finished the 2020/21 season on the last line in the standings of the Russian Premier League. The club’s participation in the championship after the winter break was questionable due to financial problems. The team from Tambov was able to finish the season thanks to the help of the league and other clubs. At the end of the season, FC Tambov said goodbye to the fans.
The Arbitration Court of the Tambov Region on October 20 declared “Tambov” bankrupt, the requirements for the club at that time amounted to almost 377 million rubles. The initial bankruptcy procedure – observation – was introduced by the court against Tambov at the club’s request in April. The bankruptcy statement of the club said that as of January 31, 2021, the amount owed to creditors was about 537 million rubles.