Russia Arrests Scientologist for Stealing $2 Million and Giving to Church - 2016-04-25
Ekaterina Zaborskikh allegedly stole 130 million rubles ($2 million) between 2012 and 2014 by selling Russians them apartments that were never built by her construction company, an indictment in St. Petersburg alleged last week, as reported by Komsomolskaya Pravda. Part of that money was funnelled to her Church, prosecutors say.
Posters advertising the developments promised clients "affordable castles" in green neighborhoods by Zaborskikh's construction company, Olimp, according to the paper. Instead, the would-be buildings are still holes in the ground. Websites advertising the Olimp projects now warn potential buyers that they will no longer be built, as the company has ceased its operations. (The company's website is down.)
In 2014, a woman identified only as Anna told NTV that she had paid 2.5 million rubles for an apartment and was told that construction would start imminently. The project was then frozen, and she eventually found out that the company had never gotten approvals for the construction.