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Armenian Couple from Russia Get Swindled for $48,000 in Yerevan

Kristine Aghalaryan


11:01, December 28, 2011

Mikayel and Marina Sardaryan, a couple who had been living in Russia for 20 years, decided to return to Armenia in 2008.

With their modest savings, they wanted to open a small store in Yerevan.

Through real estate broker Samvel Ghazaryan, they met with Karen Beglaryan who was selling his store on Shiraz Street. The couple agreed on a selling price of $48,000 and gave Beglaryan a euro 5,000 deposit. They paid the balance a few months later after taking out a loan.

It was Beglaryan who told the couple to go to the bank for financing. The couple put up their apartment in Yerevan as collateral. Beglaryan, after convincing the couple of his good intentions, also availed himself of the loan and took out more than the original loan amount.

“Beglaryan tricked us. After being paid he ducked out of sight and was hard to reach. The paperwork for the store remained in limbo,” says Marina Sardaryan.

It later turned out that Beglaryan didn’t own the store. He had transferred the title to Seryozha Dallakyan, a resident of Russia, as payment for a $30,000 debt in 2007.

Beglaryan, caught in a lie, promised the couple that he would pay back their money when he could. He never did and was constantly coming up with excuses. Beglaryan even went so far to say that he was on the verge of selling one of his kidneys for cash.

The couple sued Beglaryan in civil court. In October, 2009, the court found in favour of the Sardaryans but couldn’t seize Beglaryan’s funds simply because the guy was dead broke.

In the fall of 2010, the couple went to the police and a criminal case of fraud was launched. Beglaryan was arrested but he was released after 1.5 million AMD in bail was paid.

The case went to court. In a surprise verdict, Judge D. Badalyan of the Ajapnyak and Davtashen Jurisdictional Court found Beglaryan innocent and free of debt and apparently neglected the prior court’s ruling.

The RA Court of Appeals also left the verdict stand, arguing that there was no evidence of a crime being committed and the existence of “corpus delicti”.

There are many looking for Karen Beglaryan in Armenia but he seems to have disappeared.

We tracked him down to an airline ticket agency on Paronyan Street. Workers at a neighboring store told us that the ticket agency had closed about one year ago.

The owner of a nearby pool hall told us that Beglaryan owes him $1,000.

The store on Shiraz Street, in the name of Dallakyan, has recently closed its doors. Neighborhood shop owners told us that it had been operated by a couple from Aparan, but that they returned to their village.

The Sardaryans now find themselves in a tight squeeze and don’t have the money to hire a lawyer.

In order to pay off the loan on the apartment, Mikayel has been forced to return to Russia to work.

His wife Marina says they are preparing to file a case with the Court of Cassation in Armenia.


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Comments (4)
1. Peter15:32 - 28 December, 2011
Yes, scammers are present in every country and every nation on the world, unfortunately... Armenians have to learn to be far more careful, check everything, and put everything on paper and look at the register etc. I think Armenians still have to get used to the new system and the fraud possibilities surrounding it.
2. Վարազ Սյունի (Ամստերդամ)16:25 - 28 December, 2011
Հայաստանը ինչ մեղք ունի,որ դուք ԱՅՆՔԱՆ ՄԻԱՄԻՏ եք եղել,որ ՄԻՆՉԵՎ գործարքը ԱՄԵՆ ԻՆՉ մինչև հատակը չեք փորփրել:...................... ԲՈԼՈՐՆ էլ գիտեն, որ Հայաստանում (հատկապես «քաղաքամայր» Երիվանում) ԴՐՍԻ Հայերին դիտում են որպես ԿԹՈՒ ԿՈՎԵՐԻ ու ՔՑԵԼՈՒ օբյեկտների: ԻՆՉԻ էք թողնում որ էդ անազգ ոչնչությունները կողոպտեն ձեր տարիներով կոպեկ-կոպեկ հավաքած փողը?....................... Իսկ ԴԱՏԱՐԱՆԸ ՍԽԱԼ է այս հարցում-շատ երկրներում (այդ թվում Հոլանդիայում) օրենքը այսպես է. եթե ՄԻՆՉԵՎ գործարքը վաճառողը ԼՌՈՒՄ է մի բանի մասին,որը,եթե գնորդը իմանար,ապա գործարքից կհրաժարվեր,ապա գործարքը ուժի մեջ ՉԻ մտել (the contract is voidable):...................... Փողը կամ համարժեքը պիտի հետ տան ամուսիններին ..........................ՀԳ. Հայաստանը միայն Երիվանը չէ:
3. Raymond11:05 - 29 December, 2011
My Grandfather had a saying " hayastancinereh sadanaitz mi or arach en zinvel" or Hayastancis were born one day before the devil.
4. Robert Kanli15:49 - 2 January, 2012
This is such an unfornuate story and a prime example of injustice on the part of the judicial system of Armenia. Mortgage or real estate fraud is a crime that is always committed by the seller. So buyers beware! Make sure that you always buy a house through a bank. If you have the money to buy the house with cash, still buy the house through the bank by taking out a loan for one month! Make sure the title passes through a bank, so you won't be scammed!
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