He said that the police and PGO carried out a large-scale special operation involving about 500 law enforcement officers who simultaneously conducted 100 searches in seven cities of the country. The operation has broken up a ring that has swindled money out of about 1,200 persons over five years. The majority of victims were gullible elderly people representing the most socially disadvantaged section of the community vulnerable to various diseases.
Ukraine’s top prosecutor also said that posing as foreign doctors speaking with a fake foreign accent, the fraudsters offered successful treatment of various diseases, including serious and incurable ones (Alzheimer's and Parkinson diseases), through fictional ‘advanced technologies’, namely a remote satellite health screening and non-existing foreign drugs. The victims actually purchased cheap unlabeled domestic medicines or cheap biologically active additives.
The law enforcers detained the leader and high ranking members of the crime ring (a total of 10 persons), seized evidence and more than 5 million hryvnia in cash. The offense committed by the fraudsters is punished by up to 12 years in prison with confiscation of property.