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SBU counteracts raiding attempts involving State Registrars and Ministry of Justice officials

The Security Service of Ukraine blocked the raiding attempts of a group of state registrars who illegally re-registered more than 200 land plots in Kyiv region.

SBU operatives documented that in order to carry out illicit activity, organizers have created a fictitious registration company "Putrivske" in the Vasylkiv district of Kyiv region. The actual registration actions were carried out at different addresses in Kyiv.

The mechanism of raider seizure of real estate stipulates registration in the State Registers of false information by the state registrars of the fictitious enterprise. The organizers and perpetrators  of the fraud alienated land, real property and corporate rights (in particular, without consent of the owners) using illegally obtained access keys with electronic digital signature to the state registers.

Law enforcers established that the criminals actively used fictitious court decisions, forged documents, seals, forms and stamps of enterprises, institutions, organizations of various property category and courts. The illegal seizure of other people's property was carried out in the interests of third parties as well as for the benefit of the participants of the organized group. Being aware of the inevitability of their exposure, the organizers of the raider seizures periodically destroyed registration files and began the process of liquidation of the "Putrivske” Company.

During a visit to the Kyiv region in July, the president of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelenskyi instructed law enforcers to eradicate raiding in the country, in particular, through the illegal use of such public companies as “Putrivske”.

In the course of documenting criminal activity, law enforcers obtained extensive evidence of numerous frauds. The offenders were served a notice of suspicion in committing a number of crimes stipulated Part 1 of Art. 366 (“Forgery in office”) and 

Part 3 of Art. 365-2 (“Abuse of authority by persons who provide public services”) of the Criminal Code of Ukraine.

Expert investigations are currently underway to determine the total amount of harm caused by criminal acts, and the question of the choice of suspected preventive measures is being addressed.

The operation to expose the raiders was carried out by the staff of the State Intelligence Protection Department of the State Security in the field of information security of the SBU jointly with investigators of the State Police in the Kyiv region.

We would like to emphasize that recently the Security Service of Ukraine has stepped up its work to counter the significant increase of attempts of raider seizures in Ukraine with the participation of state registrars and officials of the Ministry of Justice.

According to experts, due to the legislative simplification of the system of registration of property rights, organizers of fraudulent schemes and their controllers get access to the State Register of Property Rights. Then, using deliberately forged documents, they illegally alienate land, real estate and corporate rights. 

In recent months, this is the fourth time that the Security Service of Ukraine has registered unauthorised unlawfull actions to take possession of real estate. Earlier, SBU officers stopped raider seizure of property and property rights in Donetsk, Zhytomyr, Odessa, Poltava, Luhansk regions and the city of Kiev for a total amount of more than USD 30,000,000.   

 

SBU Press-Centre


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