Just an ordinary house building project or a complicated scammer to launder criminal money? On Tuesday, a lawsuit against the criminal organization United Brotherhood dealt with a plot of land and detached houses in Porvoo, an apartment in Ruovesi and their ownership.
According to the prosecutor, the financial arrangements, transactions and records relating to the dwelling, the plot and the houses show that the intention was to pump into the project the criminal proceeds generated by UB's activities and to eradicate the criminal origin of the money. According to the defendants' defenses, on the other hand, the shops and the construction project have been involved for the usual reasons, in terms of investment or home acquisition.
According to the prosecutor, UB's director Tero Holopainen first acquired an apartment in Ruovesi in 2010, and soon after that he used the plot of land in Porvoo as collateral. A housing company was later established on the plot and two detached houses were built. According to the prosecutor, bulwark arrangements were used in the procurements and arrangements, ie the real buyer was concealed through intermediaries.
Holopainen denies allegations of aggravated money laundering and registry offense. According to the defense, Holopainen has not owned any apartments, plots or houses. Holopainen's legal assistant Ilkka Ukkonen says that Holopainen's role was technical manager. According to the prosecutor, the bulwarks were several people, all of whom deny their charges.
Bulk notes in the prison cell
According to the prosecutor, the Porvoo plot was named “Kukkiksenmäki” according to Holopainen's nickname, and Holopainen ordered red and black signs for the plot in the colors of the UB logo.
According to the prosecutor, Holopainen's role and ownership are indicated by his activity and temporal conglomerates. At the end of 2018, when Holopainen was in prison, construction notes were found in his cell, prosecutor Anna-Riikka Ruuth said. He also referred to 2015, when Holopainen was previously released from prison. According to the prosecutor, the construction project had stalled, but a kick-off meeting was held 13 days after Holopainen's release.
- There is a clear temporal connection with the fact that Holopainen got out of prison, prosecutor Ruuth said.
According to the prosecutor, the initial crime of aggravated money laundering, the crime by which the money allegedly laundered was obtained, was the general criminal activity of the United Brotherhood as well as the crimes committed by Holopainen himself. According to the prosecutor, Holopainen has benefited from hundreds of thousands of euros in UB's crimes.
According to the prosecutor, Holopainen's ability to consume has been on a good model at a time when he has had no taxable income at all. The prosecutor referred to several trips abroad, including to the Caribbean and Russia, as well as significant sums of cash found at Holopainen.
"The economic situation is not so gloomy"
Holopainen's legal counsel Ukkonen says that the bulwark arrangements proposed by the prosecutor are not true.
- If Holopainen owned (the plot or buildings in Porvoo), he could have owned them in his own name, Ukkonen said.
According to the defense, Holopainen lived in another house on the Porvoo plot for rent and the money transfers are rent.
The defense also disputes the prosecutor's view of Holopainen's financial situation.
- At the latest at the hearing, we will get an explanation of the financial situation, which is by no means as grim as the prosecutor suggests.