The police of Dnipropetrovsk region announced the exposure of city council officials in the theft of more than 275,000 USD of budget funds. The website of the National Police reports that.
According to the police website, funds were allocated for the overhaul of roofs of residential buildings and the repair of educational institutions in the city. April 24, the mayor, the head and employee of the Department of Housing and Communal Services and Construction of the Executive Committee of the City Council, as well as two civilians, were notified of the suspicion.
At the same time, the message does not indicate the city in Dnipropetrovsk region where theft was detected.
“It was established that the controlled commercial structures concluded contracts for the overhaul of roofs of residential buildings and the repair of educational institutions in the city. Later, the officials approved with their signature documents in which they had previously entered inaccurate information regarding the volume and quality of the work performed. These documents were the basis for the transfer funds to the accounts of commercial structures. The funds were received through companies with signs of fictitiousness," law enforcement officials said.
According to police, the unlawful activities resuled in the damage that amounted to over $285,000.
"In addition, the facts were established that officials of the city council received kickbacks for transferring budget funds for the job done. More than 30 sanctioned searches are conducted at the place of residence of the suspects, in their vehicles and other persons involved in the criminal scheme," law enforcement officials said.
The issue of choosing a suspect preventive measure is being decided.
In turn, mayor of Dnipro city Borys Filatov claimed that law enforcers "threw the mayor of the city of Pokrov, Oleksandr Shapoval, and his subordinates behind bars".
“Allegedly they created a criminal group. But they did not take into account the fact that for several years the city of Pokrov in the Dnipropetrovsk region ranks first in the country in the ranking of government transparency: from public procurement to the introduction of electronic registries,” Filatov said.
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