“Energoatom” case: indictment as of two more persons was sent to court

01.03.2019 00:00

On February 28, 2019, the indictment as of two persons involved in 6.4 million EUR embezzlement of the State Enterprise (SE) “National Nuclear Power Generation Company (NNPGC) “Energoatom” was sent to court. Abovementioned persons are accused of committing a crime under Part 5 Article 27, Part 5 Article 191 of the Criminal Code of Ukraine.

The investigation revealed that the suspects acted as representatives of the company “BRADCREST INVESTMENTS S.A.” (Panama Republic), involved in the corrupt scheme of purchasing of equipment at inflated prices by the SE. The winner of the tender Czech company “Škoda JS” (the actual owner is Russian Joint-Stock Company “United Machine-Building Plants”) transferred 6.4 million EUR on the accounts of the “BRADCREST INVESTMENTS S.A.” for allegedly providing consulting services. Then the NABU Detectives found that the amount of the transferred funds equivalents to overpayment of equipment supplied to the SE “NNEGC “Energoatom”. The company “BRADCREST INVESTMENTS S.A.” is owned by the ex-Member of Parliament (also known as the Head of Committee of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine on Fuel and Energy Complex). The case as of him is under the trial in court.

One of the suspects (the Former Head of a separate Unit of the SE “NNPGC “Energoatom”) acted as a representative of the company “BRADCREST INVESTMENTS S.A.” agreed with representatives of “Škoda JS” regarding the amount of transfers of illegal funds. Also he had signed the documents that became the basis for transferring funds. The funds from the “Škoda JS” accounts after being received from the SE “NNEGC “Energoatom” in the predetermined amounts were directed to the accounts of “BRADCREST INVESTMENTS S.A.”. The accounts were opened by the second representative of this company in the banks of Switzerland.

The second suspect, mentioned in the bank documents as the CFO, also prepared and directed to the banks of Switzerland the funds necessary for transferring from the accounts of “BRADCREST INVESTMENTS S.A.” in the interests of the ex-MP and his family members.

The abovementioned persons were put on wanted lists. One of them was detained in February, and another - in October 2018.

On November 16, 2018, the defence was granted with access to the materials of the criminal proceeding for review.

It should be reminded that the NABU Detectives started the pre-trial investigation as of the fact of 6.4 million EUR funds embezzlement of the SE “NNRGC “Energoatom” in December 2015. The proceeding was joined with the investigation as of the facts of 17.28 million USD funds embezzlement of the SE “Eastern Mining and Processing Plant” in November 2017. The investigation revealed that the organizer of both of the schemes is the ex-MP. In May 2018, the indictment as of the MP and as of 5 more persons was sent to court.

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.