Moscow economic crime police have detained a man on charges of attempting to sell a job in the city government, the police press service reported on Monday.
The man, whose name has not been revealed, offered to secure a businessman the post of deputy head of the Moscow city government’s tender committee in exchange for 1.2 million rubles (over $40,000), citing his links with high-ranking officials, a statement published on the Moscow police website said.
The man was caught red-handed in a Moscow restaurant.
“Police have established that he has no connection to the committee and no real opportunity to secure anyone a job there,” the statement said.
The man faces punishment of up to two years in jail on fraud charges. Police say he may be guilty of other such crimes.
In late March, police in Russia’s Republic of Tatarstan detained a pensioner posing as a high-ranking official who offered to sell employment in the republic's presidential administration and government for 4 million rubles (about $137,000).