On April 20, 2017, the Detectives of the National Anti-Corruption Bureau of Ukraine (NABU) under the procedural guidance of the Anti-corruption prosecutors detained and gave a notice of suspicion to the former Member of Parliament (MP) of Ukraine for allegedly committing crimes under Part 1 Article 255 (Creation of a criminal organization), Part 5 Article 191 (Misappropriation, embezzlement or conversion of property by abuse of official post) of the Criminal Code of Ukraine. The abovementioned former MP is also known as the former Head of the Verkhovna Rada Committee on Fuel and Energy Complex.
The former MP was detained in terms of the pre-trial investigation as of the fact of public funds embezzlement of State Enterprise (SE) Eastern Mining and Processing Plant (EMPP) during the procurement of the uranium concentrate.
The investigation revealed that the abovementioned SE signed a contract with an intermediary company, controlled by the detained, for supply of uranium concentrate at higher prices. As a result, in 2014-2016 the SE suffered losses in the amount of 17.28 mln USD.
Also on April 20, 2017, the NABU Detectives under the procedural guidance of the Anti-corruption prosecutors detained the second suspect in the abovementioned criminal proceeding. The latter is suspected of committing crimes under Part 1 Article 255 and Part 5 Article 191 of the Criminal Code of Ukraine.
The investigation revealed that the second detained provided coordination between the intermediary company and the SE EMPP. The abovementioned person is also known as a suspect of another criminal proceeding (as of the fact of the causing losses to the Odessa Port Plant (OPP) in the amount of 205 mln UAH). The NABU Detectives finished the investigation as of the Odessa Port Plant case in December 2016. Currently the OPP case is in trial, and the abovementioned person has the status of the accused.
From the beginning of the investigation of the criminal proceeding as of the SE EMPP public funds embezzlement (started in December 2015), the NABU Detectives directed 16 requests for international legal assistance to 8 states.
The data obtained from the competent authorities of other countries helped the NABU Detectives to investigate all the details of the corruption scheme and to establish how the stolen money was spent.
The investigation revealed that the abovementioned suspects spent the money on the rental property in the EU, for the purposes of their family members for the medical services along with payments for the services of defense advocates in another criminal case which is investigated by the Prosecutor's Office in Switzerland.
The SE Eastern Mining and Processing Plant is a Europe's largest uranium mining company, the only one in Ukraine that provides natural uranium mining and production of uranium oxide concentrate.