The Detectives of the National Anti-Corruption Bureau of Ukraine (NABU) under the procedural guidance of the Anti-corruption prosecutors completed a pre-trial investigation of the criminal proceeding as of the Head of the State Fiscal Service of Ukraine (SFS) and the Head of the Debt Redemption Department of the SFS. On July 28, 2017, the suspects and the defense were provided with access to the documents of the pre-trial investigation.
Dismissed from his position, the Head of the SFS is suspected of committing crimes under Part 2 Article 364 (Abuse of authority or office) and Part 1 Article 366 (Forgery in office) of the Criminal Code of Ukraine. His accomplice - the Head of the Debt Redemption Department of the SFS - is suspected in allegedly committing a crime under Part 5 Article 27, Part 2 Article 364 of the Criminal Code of Ukraine.
The investigation revealed that the Head of the SFS was involved in the so-called «Onyshchenko’s gas case». In 2015, the Head of the SFS approved a number of unreasonable and unlawful decisions on deferring rent payments for the use of subsoil for the companies involved in the scheme for a total amount of 2.019 billion UAH.
The decisions on deferred rent provision were backdated without any reasonable ground and were taken after the rent payment deadlines for the abovementioned companies. The deferred rent was also provided without approval of the Ministry of Finance of Ukraine, although their life-term exceeded one budget year. In addition, the Head of SFS submitted false data on these companies tax debt absence to PJSC Ukrgazvydobuvannya and to the State Service of Geology and Mineral Resources of Ukraine. So, he concealed the fact of operators’ failure to meet the conditions of joint agreements in terms of subsoil use rent payment to the budget, which could be grounds for termination of agreements between PJSC Ukrgazvydobuvannia and companies involved in the so-called «Onyshchenko’s gas case».
The NABU and the Anti-corruption prosecutors started the pre-trial investigation of the abovementioned criminal proceeding in March 2017.