USD 90 thousand bribe-taking inside KRAIL: investigation completed

15.06.2022 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 receipt of a USD 90 thousand bribe by a member of the Commission for the Regulation of Gambling and Lotteries (KRAIL). On June 14, 2022, the case file was disclosed for review by the defense. The actions of the official fall under Part 4 Article 368 of the Criminal Code of Ukraine.

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. In order to expose the criminal scheme, NABU and SAPO developed and carried out a set of covert investigative (search) activities involving undercover Detectives.

As a result, one of the KRAIL members asked for USD 90 thousand to ensure the issue of permits to use business premises in Chernihiv and Zaporizhzhia regions for gambling. In addition, he promised to ensure the issue of gambling licenses.

Eventually, the official was caught red-handed.

In December 2021, the suspected official was fired.

 

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.