The Security Service of Ukraine (SBU) blocked a corruption scheme at the Odesa customs office. The malefactors demanded bribes for “accelerated” and unimpeded customs clearance of cars from South Korea and the United States, the press service of the SBU reports.
According to the pre-trial investigation, the organizer of the scheme was the acting head of one of the customs posts of the Odesa customs. He systematically demanded and received money from legal entities and individuals for unimpeded customs clearance of imported cars.
For a reward, the malefactor provided customs clearance of the car in four hours. If the “clients” refused to pay, the registration was delayed for up to two2 weeks, and its estimated cost was oversized.
The price for unimpeded customs clearance of one vehicle was about $50, depending on the brand of car. According to preliminary estimates, more than 8,000 vehicles passed through the scheme every month. At the same time, up to 80% of customers of this customs post paid bribes.
Police caught the malefactor red-handed, while receiving the next illegal benefit for unimpeded registration of several vehicles. Earlier, SBU officers documented the receipt of the first part of the illegal benefit in the amount of $700 from the same subject.
Within the framework of the initiated criminal proceedings under Part 3 of Art. 368 ("Acceptance of the offer, promise or receipt of illegal benefit by the official") of the Criminal code of Ukraine the question concerning the message on suspicion of the person involved in business is resolved. Urgent investigative actions are underway to identify all participants in the corruption scheme.
As it was reported earlier, The National Police of Ukraine this year opened several dozen criminal cases on the fact of revealing fake Covid passports.