On December 8, 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) exposed the official of the Mykolayivoblenerho PJSC (70% state-owned) on attemp to give an improper advantage to the Head of the State Property Fund of Ukraine (SPFU). On December 9, 2020, he was given a notice of suspicion.
The actions of the suspect are qualified under Part 4 Article 369 of the Criminal Code of Ukraine.
The investigation revealed that suspect proposed USD 100 thousand of improper advantage to the Head of the SPFU for the appointment to position of a director of the PJSC. He planned to transfer the money in two parts: USD 50 thousand before and the rest - after the appointment. Then, the official offered the Head of the SPFU to provide improper advantage USD 200 thousand on monthly basis as part of the informal profits received in office. The official was exposed and detained after transferring the first part of a bribe in the amount of USD 50 thousand.
The NABU Detectives started a pre-trial investigation as of the abovementioned facts in September 2020 based on an application filed by the SPFU Head.
This is the third attempt to bribe the Head of the SPFU. NABU completed a pre-trial investigation as of previous episode as of the facts of attempts to bribe. The indictment as of two persons exposed on giving a part of improper advantage of USD 5 million to the Head of the SPFU was sent to court.
According to Article 62 of the Constitution of Ukraine, a person is considered not-guilty in the commission of a crime and cannot be subject to criminal punishment until he or she is found guilty by court.