Papers with charges over laundering billions of hryvnias of former President Viktor Yanukovych's "family" have been served by the Prosecutor General's Office (PGO) of Ukraine to Ukrainian oligarch Serhiy Kurchenko's accomplices.
In total, 98 persons were served with charge papers, including 12 senior officials of ministries and departments, as well as the National Bank and six heads of regional state administrations in Ukraine, the Ukrainian news outlet Vesti reported with reference to the U.S.-based Russian-language website Forum Daily.
"Judging from the documents available to the editorial office, the Prosecutor General's Office of Ukraine has finally completed the investigation of the crimes of fugitive oligarch Serhiy Kurchenko. The member of the Yanukovych's 'family' is accused of really huge theft: in particular, by forgery of documents and various financial frauds at NJSC Naftogaz of Ukraine, Ukrnafta and Ukrgazvydobuvannia, he stole liquefied gas and money worth over UAH 2 billion (US$250 million at the then forex rate at about UAH 8 to the dollar), as well as from Naftogaz itself, according to the investigation, Kurchenko siphoned UAH 5 billion (US$625 million)," the report said.
In particular, Deputy Head of the PGO's Department of International Legal Cooperation, Head of the Criminal Procedural Management Department Kostiantyn Kulyk has confirmed the report about charges against the top officials.