NABU: eight former and incumbent USPA officials indicted on corruption charges

On Jan, 29 and 30, the detectives of the National Anti-Corruption Bureau of Ukraine (NABU) indicted eight individuals from among former and incumbent managers of the Ukrainian Sea Ports Authority SE (USPA) on charges of misappropriation of more than 247 million hryvnia.

As reported by Censor.NET citing the NABU press service, the charges were brought against the following officials:

USPA ex-chairperson (held office from 2014 to 2017)

USPA ex-first deputy chairperson (held office from 2015 to 2017)

USPA provisioning department ex-chief (held office from 2015 to 2018)

USPA ex-deputy chairperson in charge of finance (held office from 2015 to 2016)

USPA’s Odesa-based branch deputy head (incumbent)

Director of the contractor company

Beneficiary of the contractor company

Representative of a non-resident company (involved in embezzlement scheme)

All the suspects were charged of committing offenses punished under part 5 of article 191 of the Criminal Code of Ukraine (misappropriation of property in especially large amount through abuse of office committed by a group of persons).

Seven out of eight suspects were detained on corruption charges in Odesa and Mykolayiv regions and in Kyiv on Jan. 29.

The investigators believe that USPA officials colluded with employees of private companies in 2015-2016 in order to embezzle funds intended for dredging the access channels and water areas of the Berdiansk and Mariupol seaports. The suspects committed anticompetitive actions that secured victory of a predetermined participant of the tender and overstated the cost of the service it later provided. That resulted in loss of 247 million hryvnia which was confirmed by forensic analysis and other evidence in the criminal case.

In September-November 2017, Ukraine’s Antimonopoly Committee proved concerted anticompetitive actions committed by the USPA officials and representatives of a number of enterprises taking part in the tender for procurement of dredging services. The companies that won the tender were charged a fine of over 100 million hryvnia.

The investigation of offenses related to the procurement of dredging in the Ukrainian sea ports by USPA and its branches was initiated in December 2015.

Censor.NET earlier reported that NABU raided offices of USPA under investigation of embezzlement by the former officials of the state-owned enterprise.

Источник: https://censor.net.ua/en/n3047751