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Counterfeit grain sales lead to criminal charges in Dnipropetrovsk Region Ukraine


In April of this year, the cyberpolice of Dnipropetrovsk region in Ukraine, in collaboration with local investigators, successfully identified and apprehended four individuals involved in a counterfeit grain trading scheme. The perpetrators utilized a specialized internet platform to sell fake agricultural seeds, imitating renowned global brands, at prices significantly lower than the original products.

The criminal group’s unlawful activities resulted in significant losses for two farmers and two agricultural enterprises in the region, amounting to nearly two million Ukrainian hryvnias (50.000 euro).

Charges have been filed against the suspects under Article 190, Part 4 (Fraud), and Article 229, Part 3 (Illegal Use of Trademarks, Firm Names, or Qualified Indications of Origin) of the Criminal Code of Ukraine. If convicted, the defendants could face up to 12 years of imprisonment.

The investigation revealed that the four individuals operated as a well-coordinated group, exploiting the anonymity and reach of the internet to perpetrate their illicit trade. By offering counterfeit agricultural seeds on a specialized online platform, they lured unsuspecting buyers with the promise of obtaining genuine products at a significantly reduced cost.

Unfortunately, two farmers and two agricultural companies fell victim to the scam, purchasing the counterfeit grain seeds under the assumption they were acquiring reputable global brands. The substandard seeds ultimately resulted in substantial financial losses for the victims and significantly impacted their agricultural productivity.

Upon discovering the illegal operation, the cyberpolice of Dnipropetrovsk region, in conjunction with local investigators, immediately initiated a comprehensive probe. The joint efforts of the law enforcement agencies resulted in the successful identification and apprehension of all four members of the criminal group.

The suspects have been informed of the charges brought against them and now face the prospect of a judicial trial. The investigative authorities have compiled substantial evidence to support their case, including records of the fraudulent transactions, digital footprints, and testimonies from the affected farmers and agricultural enterprises.

The suspects could be subject to severe penalties if found guilty. Under Article 190, Part 4, and Article 229, Part 3 of the Criminal Code of Ukraine, the convicted individuals may face a maximum sentence of 12 years in prison for their fraudulent activities and illegal use of trademarks.

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