On March 12, the Meshchansky District Court of Moscow granted the investigation’s request for the arrest of Pavel Vrublevsky, the former director of the ChronoPay processing company.
On March 10, in the Moscow region, law enforcement officers detained Pavel Vrublevsky, the founder and CEO of the ChronoPay processing company.
The businessman has already attracted the attention of FSB officers. In 2013, Pavel Vrublevsky was sentenced to 2.5 years for DDoS attacks on the Assist payment system, which was a competitor of his Chronopay.
In 2022, everything is much more serious: along with Pavel Vrublevsky, three more of his colleagues were detained. On March 11, the police reported that the investigative department of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of the Russian Federation is preparing to open a criminal case on fraud on a particularly large scale. However, by the time of the actual arrest, which took place on March 12, another one was added to it – under Article 158 of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation “Theft”.
The investigation believes that since 2019, Vrublevsky and his colleagues have been deceiving people: they promised money for participating in surveys, profit from trading on the stock exchange and assistance in other financial transactions. It is not entirely clear what the customers were dissatisfied with, but the police suggest that Vrublevsky stole the money of those who trusted him using streaming platforms, social networks and other Internet sites.
Users had to pay for registration on the Internet platform or pay off the commission for the transfer of remuneration. The attackers stole the funds received through “a resource controlled by them for accepting donations on social networks and streaming services,” the Interior Ministry said.