Detectives of the National Anti-Corruption Bureau of Ukraine (NABU) have completed a pre-trial investigation into the theft of almost UAH 82 million, or US$3 million, related to the state-owned enterprise Directorate for Construction and Management of National Project Air Express and other infrastructure facilities in Kyiv region, according to the NABU press service.
The indictment was sent to Kyiv-Svyatoshinsky district court in Kyiv region on April 10, the press service told an UNIAN correspondent.
According to the investigation, the former acting CEO of the state enterprise and a private person have conspired to misappropriate funds of the state-owned enterprise Air Express using over 20 controlled companies with signs of fictitiousness, under the guise of concluding and executing economic and legal contracts. The funds were intended for the construction of the railway shuttle link Kyiv – Boryspil International Airport.
The NABU also noted that in September 2016, the person (who ensured the establishment of fictitious companies, the conclusion of fictitious economic and legal contracts and further withdrawal of cash funds) was detained and taken into custody on suspicion of committing crimes under Part 5 of Article 191 (misappropriation, embezzlement or possession of property by abuse of official position) and Part 2 of Article 205 (fictitious entrepreneurship) of the Criminal Code of Ukraine.
Another suspect, the former acting CEO of Air Express, was put on the international wanted list. In March 2017, the Solomensky District Court in Kyiv applied with regard to him the procedure of the so-called ”conviction in absentia,” (Chapter 24-1 of the Criminal Procedure Code of Ukraine).
The investigative jurisdiction in these criminal proceedings for the National Anti-Corruption Bureau was determined in April 2016.
”Upon conviction of the accused, they will face imprisonment for up to 12 years,” the report said.