On Aug. 12, 2022, the head of a Poltava district court was notified of suspicion of fraud, incitement to bribery, and concealment of assets. His actions fall under Part 3 Art. 190, Part 2 Art. 15, Part 4 Art. 27, Part 3 Art. 369 and Part 1 Art. 366-2 of the Criminal Code of Ukraine. Since the judge's whereabouts were unknown, the suspicion notice was served in absentia.
According to the investigation, the judge received an undue advantage in the amount of USD 10,000 from an individual. He promised to hand over these funds to another judge so that she would make a necessary decision to collect the unpaid insurance compensation. However, the suspect decided to keep the money and gave up the plans to negotiate the matter with the judge.
As also established, the suspect failed to declare his assets worth more than UAH 1.5 million. In particular, in his e-declaration for 2020, the judge did not indicate information about an apartment, a parking space, and a car he used.
According to Article 62 of the Constitution of Ukraine, a person is considered non-guilty in the commission of a crime and cannot be subject to criminal punishment until he or she is found guilty by court.