On November 15, 2017, the Detectives of the National Anti-Corruption Bureau of Ukraine (NABU) under procedural guidance of the Specialized Anti-Corruption Prosecutor’s Office (SAPO) conducted a number of searches. As a result, the person involved in embezzlement of funds allocated for the engineering and set up of the Ukrainian-Russian State Border, territories adjacent to the Anti-Terrorist Operation Zone and to Autonomous Republic of Crimea (also known as Ukrainian Wall or European Wall) was detained.
The investigation revealed that the abovementioned person acted as an accomplice in the funds embezzlement done by officials of the State Border Guard Service of Ukraine (hereinafter - SBGSU) and by the Heads of prime contractors.
According to the NABU Detectives, the detainee organized the purchase of the company with signs of fictitiousness. During 2015-2016 the suspect with the help of the abovementioned company provided transfer of funds, received from prime contractors (which were involved by the officials of the SBGSU for the engineering and set up of the Ukrainian-Russian State Border), into cash.
The investigation revealed that more than 10 million UAH of funds allocated for the engineering and set up of the border was transferred into cash.
In addition, according to the results of the conducted searches, the NABU Detectives seized more than 40 seals of enterprises with signs of fictitiousness, including the companies involved in the corruption scheme of public funds embezzlement of Ukrainian Wall Project.
On November 17, 2017, the court chose a preventive measure for the suspect in a form of temporary custody with 1 million UAH alternative bail.
It should be reminded that the NABU has been conducting the pre-trial investigation as of the facts of public funds embezzlement of the realization of the so-called Ukrainian Wall Project since March 2016. The crimes are previously qualified under Part 5 Article 191, Part 2 Article 364, Part 2 Article 366 and Part 2 Article 210 of the Criminal Code of Ukraine. The investigation revealed that the corruption scheme caused more than 16 million UAH losses to the State. Currently seven suspects involved in public funds embezzlement are arrested, the total amount of court-determined bail is 25.5 million UAH.