Case of Ukraine's biggest undue advantage goes to court

The case of EUR 21 million and USD 5.5 million paid in undue advantage to the former head of the State Fiscal Service has been referred to the High Anti-Corruption Court. This is the largest amount ever documented by Ukrainian law enforcement officers.

The former head of the State Fiscal Service is accused of receiving undue advantage for VAT refunds in the interests of agricultural holding companies. The investigation began back in 2017. But due to the fact that the payment of the undue advantage involved non-resident companies with accounts in foreign banking institutions, it took time and communication with the competent authorities of other countries.

More than 10 requests for international legal assistance were sent to 4 jurisdictions (the Republic of Latvia, the Swiss Confederation, the British Virgin Islands, and the United States of America) in order to gather the necessary evidence.

The actions of the SFS chair fall under Part 4 Art. 368 of the Criminal Code of Ukraine. His advisor is charged under Part 5 Art. 27 Part 4 Art. 368 of the Criminal Code of Ukraine.

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According to Article 62 of the Constitution of Ukraine, a person is considered not-guilty in the commission of a crime and cannot be subject to criminal punishment until he or she is found guilty by court.