On Aug. 11, 2021 NABU and SAPO have served a notice of suspicion to the Mykolaiv Deputy Mayor who was detained yesterday on UAH 26,8 million embezzlement charges. Besides, yesterday evening, notices of suspicion were served to the First Deputy Director of a Mykolaiv City Council department and two heads of private companies (one of them being an incumbent deputy of the Odesa City Council) allegedly involved in the corruption scheme.
On Aug. 11, 2021, the case of a former Security Service senior investigator in Odesa region, who extorted and accepted a USD 80 thousand bribe, was referred to court. The actions of the suspect fall under Part 4 Article 368 of the Criminal Code of Ukraine.
NABU and SAPO have completed an investigation of another participant in the scheme to embezzle UAH 92 million from the Odesa Сity budget during the purchase of buildings of HC Krayan OJSC. On Aug. 11, 2021, SAPO Prosecutors filed an indictment drawn up by NABU Detectives to court. The actions of the accused, an accomplice who coordinated the actions of the participants in the crime, fall under Part 5 Art. 27, Part 5 Art. 191 of the Criminal Code of Ukraine.
On Aug. 11, 2021, NABU and SAPO filed an indictment with the High Anti-Corruption Court against an MP and his accomplice accused of extorting and taking an illegal benefit. As previously reported, in the summer of 2020, the National Bureau learnt about the existence of an organized criminal group trading legal powers of parliamentarians. To identify all its members and promptly document their activities, NABU launched a special operation involving an undercover Detective.
In the first six months of 2021, the economic effect of the National Bureau and the Specialized Anti-Corruption Prosecutor's Office activities reached record UAH 1.85 billion. These are funds and assets returned to state-owned enterprises voluntarily and as a result of lawsuits, confiscated by court, as well as those whose embezzlement was prevented.
On Aug. 10, 2021, NABU and SAPO exposed a corruption scheme used by local officials to embezzle more than UAH 26,8 million from the city budget during the reconstruction of Soborna Square in Mykolaiv.
In the first six months of 2021, NABU and SAPO launched investigations into 336 criminal proceedings, served notices of suspicion to 42 persons, filed 25 indictments regarding 43 accused persons, and ensured compensation of more than UAH 1.1 billion. This was stressed by NABU Director Artem Sytnyk at the press conference on August 9, 2021.
NABU and SAPO have completed an investigation into the abuse of office by a former Chairman of the Board of Ukragroleasing NJSC and his accomplice, the head of a private company. On Aug. 6, 2021, the case files were disclosed to the defense for review. The actions of the suspects fall under Part 2 Art. 364 of the Criminal Code of Ukraine.
NABU and SAPO have completed an investigation of the Dniprovskyi District Court of Kyiv ex-judge, who demanded and received a USD 150,000 bribe for passing an illegal ruling. On Aug. 6, 2021, the case files were disclosed for the defense. The actions of the ex-judge fall under Part 4 Article 368 of the Criminal Code of Ukraine ("Accepting an offer, promise or receiving an improper advantage by an official").
On August 4, 2021, NABU and SAPO notified the Chairman of the Kharkiv Regional Council of suspicion of accepting a UAH 1.05 million bribe. The actions of the official fall under Part 4 Art. 368 of the Criminal Code of Ukraine ("Receipt of illegal benefit of gross amount by an official who occupies a responsible position, or by a group of persons upon their prior conspiracy, accompanied with requests of illegal benefit").
On Aug. 3, 2021, NABU detained Kyiv's Dniprovskyi District Court ex-judge, who has been wanted since 2016 and is suspected of taking a USD 150,000 bribe. The fugitive was found at the Kyiv's Feofania Hospital and put under round-the-clock house arrest by the HACC already the next day.
On August 3, 2021, NABU and SAPO detained the director of one of the Kharkiv region state forestry enterprises and the head of a company under the director's control (his relative). They are charged with misappropriating wood worth over UAH 50 million. Both of them were detained under Art. 208 of the Criminal Code of Ukraine and will soon be notified of suspicion.