On January 13, 2020, the Detectives of the National Anti-Corruption Bureau of Ukraine (NABU), under the procedural guidance of the Specialized Anti-Corruption Prosecutor`s Office (SAPO) jointly with the Prosecutor General’s Office of Ukraine (PGO) gave notices of suspicion to the Acting Head of Main Department of Regional State Tax Service of Ukraine (STSU) and her Deputy.
The actions of the officials are qualified under Part 3 Article 369 of the Criminal Code of Ukraine. They are suspected on offering and giving USD 25 thousand of improper advantage to the Head of the structural unit of the regional Prosecutor's Office.
The investigation revealed that the Head of Regional STSU of Ukraine offered the Head of the structural unit of the regional Prosecutor's Office to provide him USD 25 thousand of improper advantage on a monthly basis. In exchange for improper advantage, he was supposed not to counteract the illegal activities of STSU officials related to receiving of improper advantage from entrepreneurs.
The NABU Detectives documented the fact of receiving of improper advantage that, according to the suspects, was supposed to be the first tranche of the future “cooperation” with the official of the regional Prosecutor's Office. Other persons involved in the commission of a crime are being established.
The NABU Detectives, the SAPO prosecutors with the support of the PGO started a pre-trial investigation as of the abovementioned facts in December 2019.
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.