11.10.17 14:54

Deputy defense minister and head of ministerial department detained for suspicion of embezzlement of 149 million hryvnia, - NABU

The National Anti-Corruption Bureau of Ukraine (NABU) and the Special Anti-Corruption Prosecutor's Office (SAP) have revealed a corrupted scheme of state funds embezzlement in the amount of 149 million hryvnia ($5.62 million) for purchase of fuel for the Defense Ministry of Ukraine.


Censor.NET reports citing the press service of the NABU

On Oct. 11, 2017 NABU detectives together with SAP prosecutors conducted a number of raids that resulted in detention of two people suspected of embezzlement: deputy defense minister and director of State Procurement and Material Supplies Department.

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The investigation found that in early 2016, Tender Committee of the MoD announced a tender to buy liquid fuel. During a tender in April 2016, one of the contestants was chosen for most economically reasonable prices. In May 2016, MoD and the winner signed 14 contracts on fuel supply for state needs purchased at state cost in amount of 1 billion hryvnia.

In June-August 2016, the parties concluded additional contracts without any legal grounds and increased the price of the fuel by 16 percent. As a result, the supplier received additional budget funds from customer in amount of 149,339,000 hryvnia.

The investigation believes that the officials of MoD committed a crime under article 191 of the Criminal Code of Ukraine (embezzlement of property or abuse of office).

The investigation into the case started in September 2016.

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