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NABU suspects Infrastructure Minister of illicit enrichment

Volodymyr Omelyan denied the accusation
10:46, 13 September 2018

Министерство инфраструктуры

Ukraine’s Anti-Corruption Bureau informed Infrastructure Minister Volodymyr Omelyan of suspected illicit enrichment, as NABU press office reports.  

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“On September 13, 2018 NABU informed Ukraine’s Infrastructure Minister of suspected illicit enrichment,” the message says.

NABU representatives stated that within the period from January 1, 2000 to April, 26, 2018 Omelyan received $77,500 of official income. And his expenses within the period from 2008 till April 26, 2015 were at least $123,214.

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“NABU investigators found out that in 2015 holding the positions of Deputy Infrastructure Minister, the official purchased assets which was illegal and dramatically exceeds his legal income. It’s about a new off-roader BMW X5 2015 and cash in the amount of $90 thousand and €25 thousand. The total cost of this assets was $151 thousand,” NABU informed.

Investigators noted that they determined the facts that Omelyan provided false information on the revenue declaration.

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“The e-declaration of 2015 the cost of undeclared assets and the expenses was $107 thousand, and more than $285 thousand in 2016. The official did not include information about BMW X5 car on purpose. The expenses for house rent are not mentioned in the e-declaration of 2015. A year later, the Minister did not declare the fact that he used another country house and land lot in 2016,” the representatives of the Anti-Corruption Bureau concluded.  

Now, NABU decides on the restrictive measure for Omelyan.

The Minister in his turn denies everything.

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 “In fact, under a strange coincidence, the case was opened after my visit to the trial of Martynenko. Within a year and a half, we’ve been checked completely: our mail, messengers, they searched our houses, questioned friends and relatives. They were looking for a sensation: expensive property, substantial funds, off-shore or other companies, corruption schemes. There made sure that one can’t find something which doesn’t exist,” the Minister wrote on his Facebook page.

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