Ukraine's anti-corruption agency apprehends ten suspects in major fraud in Oschadbank

Detectives of the National Anti-Corruption Bureau of Ukraine (NABU) with procedures being supervised by prosecutors of the Specialized Anti-Prosecutor's Office (SAP), on Oct. 23 detained ten people suspected of unlawfully taking possession of over $20 million belonging to state-owned Oschadbank.

"The suspects include two current officials and a former official of Oschadbank. We are namely talking about a former director of the department for corporate business at the state bank (who currently serves as deputy head of the board of Oschadbank JSC), a former head of the department for project financing at Oschadbank JSC (who retired from the state bank in 2015), and a former head of unit of the department for project financing at Oschadbank JSC (who currently works as head of this department at the state bank)," the NABU press service said in a statement, Censor.NET reports citing Ukrinform.

Other suspects are former beneficiaries of the Kreatyv (Creative) group of companies, a number of former officials of enterprises that are part of this holding, as well as an appraiser.

According to the investigation, between 2013 and 2015, officials of the Kreatyv group of companies, who entered into conspiracy with officials of the state bank, forged documents to receive a $20 million loan allegedly for the purchase of sunflower seeds. After receiving the money, Kreatyv owners transferred these funds to the accounts of companies registered in Belize and Switzerland. Then they used this money to purchase the corporate rights of companies that owned valuable real estate.

"NABU detectives have evidence that when making the decision on granting the loan, Oschadbank officials relied on unverified and sometimes fake documents, some of which were forged with their own participation. The corruption scheme resulted in the withdrawal from Oschadbank of $20 million (an equivalent of 160 million hryvnia at the time of the crime), which led to a reduction of assets of JSC Oschadbank (losses) in the amount of 133 million hryvnia due to expenses on forming the reserve for this loan," the NABU said.

The investion is ongoing.

Источник: https://censor.net.ua/en/n3093060