"Medics" who issued credits to clients after free diagnosis arrested in Penza
Penza, 19 April 2017. PenzaNews. Police officers stopped activities of an elite clinic in Penza that forced clients take loans.
"Officers of the regional department of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Russia stopped activities of the organization that positioned itself as an international medical clinic. It was situated in one of trade centres in Penza," the official representative of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of the Russian Federation Irina Volk reported on Wednesday, April 19.
Previously, the police opened a criminal case on the fact of large-scale fraud committed by employees of the clinic.
According to police data, they arrested heads and workers of the organization – 12 people in all.
"On the basis of a court decision, two heads of the clinic – residents of the Krasnodarsky Krai – were imprisoned. Another person involved was placed under house arrest, others were released on their own recognizance," the press service of the regional department of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of the Russian Federation told PenzaNews.
The department explained that the basis for initiation of a criminal case were numerous reports against workers of the clinic.
"They offered potential clients – most of whom were women over the age of 50 – to undergo free medical diagnosis. It was required that in order to undergo the examination, clients had to have a passport with them. While making diagnosis, workers of the organization under various pretexts forced citizens to sign disadvantageous credit contracts for large sums of money – from 50,000 to 200,000 rubles – that were aimed for paying the clinic's services," the department of the Ministry of Internal Affairs said.
The press service noted that employees who provided services had no medical education: thus, the person who made complex diagnosis of health had a diploma of a motor mechanic.
By now, the police received over 100 reports from clients of the organization.
At present, the police conducts an investigation of all types of services provided by the clinic.