Former parliamentary adviser Yordan Mollov is at the heart of a network of companies investigated by the General Directorate for Combatting Organized Crime (GDBOP) and the Prosecutor’s Office for fraudulent investment schemes. In 2019, he had information about the interrogations led by the investigators and noted in his notebook specific amounts for the General Directorate for Combatting Organized Crime (GDBOP), as well as money distributed for information from pre-trial proceedings in the Specialized Prosecutor’s Office. The same fraudulent scheme was investigated by “Lords of the Air”, and the data from Mollov’s notebook confirm and complement the conclusions of the colleagues.
In the previous article about Yordan Mollov we told how he collects information about our diplomats in Moscow and Kazakhstan, while at the same time communicating with persons in Moscow on Viber. Yordan Mollov does this in his capacity as a parliamentary assistant to Russophile MP Valentin Lambev, a member of the management of the National Movement “Russophiles”. Mollov also attended a conspiratorial meeting with our commercial attaché in Moscow to organize dubious business with Russia under the protection of high-ranking Russian politicians. Doubtful, because payments have to go through Dubai.
But beyond these international affairs with a spy twist, Mollov has very specific concerns on Bulgarian soil. Around him are sniffing the General Directorate for Combatting Organized Crime (GDBOP) and the Prosecutor’s Office over a financial and investment fraud scheme. That is why he is informed and writes down in the notebook what happened during the interrogations of his associates and employees. Interrogations conducted by the General Directorate for Combatting Organized Crime (GDBOP), the Sofia Directorate of the Interior and other police stations in the country, which should be an investigative secret.
The scheme of Mollov and his partner Kirill Dzhabarov (in the leading photo on the left) is of the boiler room type – convincing potential victims over the phone to invest funds in stock trading, gold, currency exchange or cryptocurrencies. This is done through companies that claim to be investment intermediaries, but do not have a license for such. The investment is actually fictitious and the money of the “customers” disappears to the accounts of other companies at home and abroad. To cover the tracks, companies often change their names, and dummies and fuses are appointed as managers.
In Mollov’s notebook are noted in several places the names of companies and persons, which makes it possible to line up with companies and their managers, most of whom are “straw people”. Through our information system, we have uniquely identified the following companies and individuals: “The positive”, “Alternative“, “Progressive“, “Post Finance“, “Global Markets“, Rumen Slaveykov, Valentin Dotsov, Ivaylo Sotirov, Alexander Bogoev, Georgi Terziyski, Gennady Tabakov, Rumen Galabinov, Mihail Ganchev and others. The notebook also shows the names of Mollov’s partners: Kiril Dzhabarov and Robert Dimitrov, with whom he is a partner in several companies.
The names and events noted in Mollov’s notebook complement and prove the conclusions of a 2017 investigation by Capital, as well as a detailed journalistic investigation of “Lords of the Air”. Because of him, journalist Victoria Simeonova was subjected to a smear campaign and psychological harassment in a network of sites related to fraudsters.
The fraud scheme has deep roots and was investigated in 2007 by the FBI. In a US diplomatic report sent from Skopje to Washington in 2007 and published by Bivol , it is reported that the Bulgarian company Finance Engeneering of businessman Gennady Tabakov is being investigated in connection with the privatization of the Negotino TPP. The FBI representative in Sofia has confirmed that Finance Engeneering is under investigation for money laundering, but the information is confidential as the investigation continues. It is noted that Finance Engineering is associated with Russian energy interests.
Finance Engineering and a Maltese offshore company are shareholders in the company Postfinance AD, established in 2005 and managed by Tabakov until 2018, when he sold his shares to Rumen Slaveykov. The name of Gennady Tabakov is also present in Mollov’s notebook with instructions to make a SWIFT translation.
Other Mollov-related individuals such as Kiril Dzhabarov and Robert Dimitrov became famous because of the banking crisis in 2014 and the bankruptcy of CCB. They were charged by DANS and the Prosecutor’s Office with scaremongering the banking system. It is not known that this case has reached the judicial stage.
Two of the companies mentioned in the notebook have revoked licenses of investment intermediaries from the FSC. “Progressive Trading”, now in liquidation, is known in the past as “BBG Simex” and had a license for investment intermediary issued by the FSC in 2014 under Stoyan Mavrodiev. The license was revoked in 2018 due to “non-compliance with the conditions of the license, unlawful means by persons with a bad reputation, has not been active for more than 6 months.” Global Markets, in which Mollov was a partner with Czech Pavel Kochalka, had its license deleted in 2014 on the grounds that “systematic legal violations, so far there are unsettled relationships with customers.” Kochalka retired from the investment business in Bulgaria after the scandal, but in his native Czech Republic he was investigated and charged with financial fraud.
GDBOP – 6K lv. “Kiro has distributed money” for pre-trial proceedings
Mollov was interested in interrogations in the police and GDBOP not only as a passive observer. Such a conclusion can be drawn from his notes, in which a specific amount of BGN 6K is indicated in two places next to the General Directorate for Combatting Organized Crime (GDBOP). (6000 BGN).
For this money, Mollov expects from someone two reports and one package. From the same page, we learn that the money in Post Finance was probably converted into cryptocurrency.
Money was also “distributed” by Kiro, probably in order to obtain information about pre-trial proceedings. The note suggests that the Specialized Prosecutor’s Office has active developments against Mollov’s group.
And help from the Masonic brothers?
In order to obtain information on what is happening with the investigations, the parliamentary assistant also uses his Masonic connections. From the previous material it became clear that he was an apprentice Mason in the Harmony Lodge. In one of the notes on the problems with law enforcement authorities, Mollov has recorded the name of master “Vesko” from lodge “Wisdom” to “Prosecutor from the SRS” (Sofia Regional Prosecutor’s Office). On the same day a meeting was celebrated in the office of Boyko Naydenov. It is not clear whether this is the former director of the National Investigation Service and the current employee of a company close to lawmaker Delyan Peevski. The meeting with Naydenov can be dated on Wednesday 18 September.
Several separate plots can be derived from the information in Mollov’s notebook. Each of them requires detailed development. In the first part of this investigation, we introduced you to the current “spy plot”. This article discusses the topic of financial fraud and insider trading by investigative bodies. But in Yordan Mollov’s notes there is information about other schemes, including money laundering abroad, which will be discussed in the sequel.
Updated March 29, 2021: In the initial version of the article, we mistakenly wrote that Elka Eftimova, manager of PostFinance, is the wife of Yordan Mollov. The editorial office apologizes to the readers and to Mrs. Eftimova.
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