SBU exposes facilitator of illegal food supply to separatist-held territories
Law enforcers detained one of the facilitators of the illegal food supply scheme. The criminal set up a scheme of illegal food supply to Russia-occupied areas of Donetsk and Luhansk regions and a framework for illegal VAT refunds from the state budget of Ukraine.
The security service investigators established that the Kharkiv resident supervised financial activities of two domestic companies specialising in food export. Under the guise of export operations, the employees of the said entities were delivering products to separatist-held territories using the scheme of “interrupted transit” via Russia.
Only on single contract, the criminals received VAT refunds of almost UAH 8,000,000 (USD 320,000), for allegedly supplying food to one of the African countries.
To avoid criminal responsibility for committed offences, the head of the company was hiding from the authorities on temporarily occupied territory of Donetsk region.
The law enforcers detained the criminal at the “Hoptivka” international border-crossing point, on attempting to come to Ukraine.
The detainee was served a notice of suspicion in committing a crime stipulated by Part 5 Art. 191 (“Misappropriation, embezzlement or conversion of property by malversation”) and Part 2 Art. 366 (“Forgery in office”) of the Criminal Code of Ukraine. The detainee received custody as a measure of restraint under the decision of Dniprovskyi District Court of Kyiv City.
Measures to expose and detain the offender were conducted jointly with the State Border Guard Service of Ukraine under the procedural supervision of Kyiv Region Prosecutor's Office.
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