On November 21, 2018, 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) gave notices of suspicion to three persons for allegedly abuse of office, resulted in 13 million UAH losses caused to the State Enterprise (SE) Konotop Aircraft Repair Plant "Aviakon" (hereinafter – "Aviakon").
Among the suspects, there are the ex-Director and the ex-Deputy Director of the "Aviakon", the commercial director of a private company registered in offshore jurisdiction. The actions of the suspects qualified under Part 2 Article 364 of the Criminal Code of Ukraine ("Abuse of authority or office").
The investigation revealed that the abovementioned persons in 2014 upon previously agreement between each other organized two purchases of fuel tanks for helicopters for the needs of "Aviakon" at the inflated prices. The purchases were organized with violation of the stipulated procedures at the SE.
The NABU Detectives found that in March 2014, officials of the SE "Aviakon" signed an agreement with a private company Westan Group Associates Ltd, registered in the Caribbean Islands (Charlestown, Saint Kitts and Nevis). The agreement provided supplying of 12 fuel tanks for helicopters for a total amount of 288 thousand USD. Then, as the investigation revealed, Westan Group Associates Ltd signed an agreement with the Georgian company for the manufacture of 12 fuel tanks, but at half of the price — 144 thousand USD. The NABU Detectives established that the "Aviakon" executives knew about it.
According to a similar scheme in May of the same year, the «Aviakon» and Westan Group Associates Ltd signed one more agreement. According to it, the same Georgian manufacturer supplied the SE with 85 fuel tanks at an inflated price — 2.04 million USD (the same fuel tanks were purchased by Westan Group Associates Ltd in a Georgian manufacturer for a price of 1.02 million USD).
As a result of such actions, the State Enterprise «Aviakon», according to the NABU Detectives, unreasonably paid over 13.03 million UAH to offshore jurisdictions.
The pre-trial investigation of the abovementioned facts the NABU Detectives have started in 2016.
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According to Article 62 of the Constitution of Ukraine a person is considered not-guilty in commission of crime and cannot be a subject to criminal punishment, until he or she is found guilty by the court.