On October 23, 2018, the Detectives of the National Anti-Corruption Bureau of Ukraine (NABU) under the procedural guidance of the prosecutors of the Specialized Anti-Corruption Prosecutor’s Office (SAPO) detained and gave notices of suspicion to 10 persons for 20 million USD embezzlement of the Public Joint-Stock Company (PJSC) «State Savings Bank of Ukraine» (100% state-owned).
Among suspects there are:
- the Former Director of the Corporate Business Department of the State Bank (currently – the Deputy Chairman of the Board Management of the PJSC «State Savings Bank of Ukraine»);
- the Former Director of the Finance Management Department of the «State Savings Bank of Ukraine» (retired in 2015);
- the Former Head of the Unit of the Finance Management Department of the «State Savings Bank of Ukraine» (currently - the Head of the abovementioned Department of the State Bank).
Other suspects are former beneficiaries of the group of companies «Kreatyv», a number of ex-officials and ex-employees of the companies (under the management of this holding) and the appraiser.
The actions of all suspects are qualified under Part 5 Article 191, Part 2 Article 364, Part 1 Article 366, Part 3 Article 209 of the Criminal Code of Ukraine.
The investigation revealed that in 2013 - 2015 the officials of the companies of the PJSC «Kreatyv» upon the prior conspiracy with the officials of the «State Savings Bank of Ukraine» forged documents to receive 20 million USD loan in the State Bank for allegedly purchase of sunflower seeds. Receiving the funds owners of the «Kreatyv» transferred money to the accounts of companies registered in Belize and Switzerland. Then they used this funds to pay for the purchase of the corporate rights of companies that owned valuable real estate.
The NABU Detectives have evidence that when making the decision on granting the loan, the officials of the «State Savings Bank of Ukraine» based on unverified and sometimes fake documents, some of which were made with their own participation.
Because of the corruption scheme, 20 million USD were withdrawal from the «State Savings Bank of Ukraine» (at the time of the offense, it was equal to 160 million UAH). That led to a reduction of assets of the PJSC «State Savings Bank of Ukraine» (losses) in the amount of 133 million UAH due to expenses on forming the reserve for this loan.
On October 25, 2018, the Solomyansky District Court of Kyiv chose a preventive measure for 10 suspects in a form of temporary custody with alternative bail in the amount from 500 thousand UAH to 7 million UAH. Totally the bail imposed by the court amounts to 23.31 million UAH.
The NABU Detectives have been conducting the pre-trial investigation of the abovementioned facts since May 2016.
According to Article 62 of the Constitution of Ukraine a person is considered not-guilty in commission of crime and cannot be a subject to criminal punishment, until he or she is found guilty by the court.