Security Service exposes Ukrainian railways management in embezzlement of $435,036

Source : 112 Ukraine

The corruption scheme was used during the procurement of inventory items for repair of passenger rolling stock
13:22, 20 August 2020

Ukraine's Security Service
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The Security Service of Ukraine (SBU) recorded a multimillion corruption scheme, used during the procurement of inventory items for repair of passenger rolling stock of Ukrzaliznytsia (Ukrainian railways) as the SBU reported.

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According to the data of the preliminary investigation, the illegal scheme was organized by the management of the branch office of Ukrzaliznytsia through affiliated commercial structures, including those with the signs of the fictitiousness.

“The officers of the special service established that during 2019-2020, the branch office allocated over 60 million hryvnia (about $2.17 million) for procurement of inventory items for repair of passenger rolling stock. The structures controlled by the organizers became the winners of the tenders and Ukrzaliznytsia paid them the whole sum of money. The expert studies initiated by the SBU showed unreasonable overvaluation of the cost of the production and it inflicted harm to the state in the sum of almost 12 million hryvnias (about $435,036),” the message reads.

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Currently, the SBU along with the National Police holds a number of searches in Kyiv and Vinnytsia at the offices of Ukrzaliznytsia and commercial structures.

The investigative actions take place within appropriation and embezzlement.

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