Counterintelligence exposed the mechanism of appropriation by ex-officials of the Ministry of Defense of budgetary funds in the amount of more than 32 million hryvna.
During 2017-19, the owner of one of the Chernihiv commercial enterprises concluded two contracts with the Ministry of Defense with a total value of more than 100 million hryvna, according to the SBU.
One of the contracts provided the supply of devices for combat helicopter systems. With the assistance of former military officials, including one of the deputy ministers, he significantly overestimated the cost of military products.
The entrepreneur cashed out some of the funds transferred, through fictitious non-cash transactions using a number of controlled enterprises. Money withdrawn into the “shadow” was appropriated by the participants in the transaction.
According to preliminary estimates, the amount of damage caused by criminals to the state budget is more than 32 million hryvna.
During a series of searches by the military units responsible, in particular in Kyiv, Kharkiv and Chernihiv, they seized financial and payment documents, and seals of commercial structures involved in illegal transactions.
Criminal proceedings started under Part 5 of Art. 191 (misappropriation, embezzlement of property or seizure by abuse of official position) of the Criminal Code of Ukraine.
Among the defendants in the case there is one person who working at Ministry of Defense, Urgent investigative actions are ongoing to all persons who involved in illegal activities.