Public funds embezzlement case of the South Ukraine electric power producing complex: a new suspect is detected

03.08.2017 00:00

On August 2, 2017, the Detectives of the National Anti-Corruption Bureau of Ukraine (NABU) under the procedural guidance of the prosecutors of the Specialized Anti-Corruption Prosecutor's Office (SAPO) detained a person suspected of 27 million UAH public funds embezzlement of the State Enterprise (SE) National Nuclear Energy Generating Company (NNEGC) Energoatom. The detained person is suspected of committing a crime under Part 5 Article 27, Part 5 Article 191 of the Criminal Code of Ukraine («Misappropriation, embezzlement or conversion of property by abuse of official post»).

The investigation revealed that using family ties with the Former Director General of the South-Ukraine electric power producing complex (included in the SE NNEGC Energoatom) during 2012-2014 the detainee helped two commercial companies to win in the procurement tender for the purchase of electrical equipment which was conducted by the nuclear power plant. The equipment was supplied at higher prices. As a result, the public property damage reached 27 million UAH.

The NABU Detectives started the investigation of the abovementioned corruption scheme in April 2016. The materials were passed to the NABU by the Investigation Department of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Ukraine in Mykolaiv Region.

Within the investigation of the proceeding, 13 persons have already been given notices of suspicion for allegedly committing crimes under Part 5 Article 191 and Part 2 Article 205 of the Criminal Code of Ukraine. Regarding 4 persons the pre-trial investigation materials were allocated in separate proceedings and sent to court with the plea bargain agreements. 5 suspects were put on the national and international wanted lists.

According to court decisions, over 1.5 million UAH were returned to State. Thanks to the NABU`s claims, the property of suspects in the amount of more than 100 million UAH were seized.

The pre-trial investigation is in progress, other persons involved in the crime are being established.