On Oct. 7, 2022, NABU and SAPO issued an indictment against a member of the Commission for the Regulation of Gambling and Lotteries (KRAIL), accused of taking USD 90,000 in undue advantage. His actions fall under Part 4 Article 368 of the Criminal Code of Ukraine. The official was exposed red-handed in August 2021 in a special operation involving undercover detectives.
In the summer of 2021, NABU registered several facts of systematic acceptance of undue benefits in particularly large amounts by KRAIL members for issuing gambling permits and licenses. As a result, one of the KRAIL members asked for USD 90,000 to ensure the issue of permits to use business premises in the Chernihiv and Zaporizhzhia regions for gambling. In addition, he promised to ensure the issue of gambling licenses.
In December 2021, the suspected official was fired.
The investigation was completed in June 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.