Theft of grain worth UAH 15 million: investigation completed

15.08.2022 00:00

The National Anti-Corruption Bureau of Ukraine (NABU) and the Specialized Anti-Corruption Prosecutor`s Office (SAPO) have completed the investigation into the misappropriation of grain worth UAH 14.8 million. On Aug. 12, 2022, the case file was disclosed to the defense for review before its referral to court. The suspects are:

  • the former general director of a state-owned enterprise;
  • the ultimate beneficiary of private companies;
  • the founder of private companies;
  • the director of a private company.

The investigation established that in 2015-2017 the then general director of a state-owned enterprise, together with representatives of private companies, organized a corruption scheme to misappropriate grain. The official ordered forgery of documents reflecting the fictitious shipment of grain from controlled companies for processing. Further on, the processed grain, which belonged to the state and other companies, was physically shipped to the controlled companies as if being returned. As a result of such actions, the state enterprise suffered losses for the amount of UAH 14.8 million.

NABU has investigated the above facts in cooperation with the SBU Department in the Poltava region.

The former director of the State Enterprise in the Poltava region and other persons were notified of suspicion in February-May 2022.

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.