Former interior ministry of Ukraine suspected in money laundering via Smartbank, - prosecutor’s office

Source : 112 Ukraine

The Prosecutor’s Office of Ukraine filed the petition to the court to provide it the access to the documents at the National Bank concerning Smartbank
17:32, 19 November 2018

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Former Minister of Interior Affairs of Ukraine Vitaliy Zakharchenko and his allies are suspected in the laundering of $362, 739 through Smartbank, as Ukrainian News reported citing the court materials.

The Prosecutor General’s Office filed the petition to the court to provide it the access to the documents at the National Bank concerning Smartbank.

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It became known from the materials provided for the justification of the petition that the Department of the special investigation of the Prosecutor General’s Office holds the pretrial investigation on the facts of the criminal activity of Zakharchenko and his allies according to types of accomplices, bribery, laundering  of money received in a criminal way, fictive entrepreneurship, tax evasion.

The Prosecutor General’s Office points out that the investigation has enough evidence to think that Smartbank was created to cover the illegal activity connected with the provision and execution of the financial operations aiming for the provision of the illegal service on the forming of the value-added technical tax credit to the enterprises of the real sector of the economy; in other words, the tax evasion, minimization of the incomes, illegal conversion of the non-cash funds in the sum of $362, 739 and for the execution of the financial operations aiming for the legalization of the funds and property received from Zakharchenko and his allies in the criminal way, actual and legal provision of which was reached with assistance from the ex-minister.

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The court allowed the Prosecutor General’s Office to confiscate the document from the National Bank concerning Smartbank, which are necessary for the investigation of the criminal proceeding.

In June 2017, the Department of special investigations of General Prosecutor’s Office of Ukraine reported about the change and addition of suspicions to former high officials of Yanukovych regime on crimes committed against protesters on Maidan Nezalezhnosti on February 12-20. 



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