Officials of state fish agency systematically demanded bribes, the “catch” is thousands

Source : 112 Ukraine

The law enforcement detained two facilitators, the investigation for bringing to justice everyone involved in the corruption scheme continues
23:08, 31 July 2017

The Security Service of Ukraine caught the officials of the Black Sea state fish agency on receiving a bribe, today, on July 31, 2017. The officials were cited for systematic bribery. The preliminary estimates say that the “catch” was around 80,000 USD in a season, as the SBU press service informs.

According to the message, the officials participating in the scheme were plenty, starting with local inspectors, and ending with high-ranking regional and central controlling bodies. They received unlawful benefit from poachers for catching fish and conch shells in the Black Sea.

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The law enforces detained one of the facilitators on receiving a 4,000 USD bribe. A few days earlier the law enforcers documented one of the officials receiving a 2000 USD bribe.

A criminal case was started based on the Article 368-3 (Bribery) of the Criminal Code of Ukraine. The facilitators were informed they were under suspicion.

Related: Fiscal service officials in Kyiv Region detained on receiving 10,000 dollar bribe

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