The Detectives of the National Anti-Corruption Bureau of Ukraine have completed a pre-trial investigation regarding a former Head of the Production and Technical Equipment Department of Yuzhnoukrainsk NPP (a part of “National Nuclear Energy Generating Company “Energoatom” SE), who is the 17th participant in an enterprise funds embezzlement scheme. On February 26, 2021, the corresponding indictment was sent to court. The ex-official will be tried in absentia, as he has been outside Ukraine since 2016.
The actions of the ex-official fall under Part 5 Article 191 of the Criminal Code of Ukraine (Misappropriation, embezzlement or conversion of property by abuse of official post). In June 2017, he was served with a notice of suspicion and declared wanted.
The investigation has revealed that the accused persons jointly with other officials is involved in the embezzlement of UAH 27 million of Yuzhnoukrainsk NPP funds. The scheme involved public procurement at prices inflated by 18-34 times as well as a number of the NPP employees and representatives of commercial companies.
In total, the NABU Detectives have established 17 participants in the scheme: 11 of them have been tried since September 2019, 5 others have concluded plea agreements, with corresponding indictments having been sent to court.
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.