On July 9, 2019, 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) gave a notice of suspicion to ex-Head of one of the regional state administrations (equivalent to the Governor). He is suspected of allegedly committing a crime under Article 366-1 of the Criminal Code of Ukraine (Submitting false data to e-declaration).
The investigation revealed that the ex-official did not submit a worth in the amount of about 35 million UAH and 8 million UAH, data on real estate, cars, income and corporate rights to annual e-declarations for 2016 and 2017. In addition, he did not submit an e-declaration for 2015 at all.
A notice of suspicion to the ex-official was sent by mail because it was impossible to serve it, in the way prescribed by the Criminal Procedure Code of Ukraine for serving notifications.
The ex-official was summoned in advance by the NABU Detectives. He personally confirmed that he would appear at the NABU on July 9 at 2 p.m. However, this did not happen. Since then, the ex-official does not answer the NABU`s calls.
Near the place of residence of the ex-official, a person who introduced himself as a security guard told the NABU Detectives that there was no ex-Governor at that moment. He also refused to receive the documents from the NABU. At the same time, Detectives found out that unknown persons follow them.
The NABU Detectives have been conducting a pre-trial investigation as of the facts of ex-Governor submitting false data since January 2017.
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.