SBU arrests officials of military corporate group for extortion of 900 thousand USD from Odesa businessmen
The SBU officers arrested two officials of the military corporate group, who had been extorting 900 thousand USD from Odesa businessmen.
The law enforcers established that the officials “priced” continuation of rent of the marketplaces – located on the land owned by the Ministry of Defense – at one of the biggest markets of Odesa 20 thousand USD for each place. Such a fare for reissue of the rent agreements they settled for 45 local businessmen.
In the framework of the criminal investigation launched under part 4 article 368 of the Criminal Code of Ukraine, the secret service officers together with the military prosecutor’s office detained the bribe takers in one of the Odesa restaurants while they were receiving 75 thousand USD from the businessmen.
During the searches at their places of residences the SBU field officers found 120 thousand dollars. Searches are also conducted in the homes of other suspected individuals.
Urgent investigative actions are in progress.
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