Lviv region: SBU uncovers multimillion corrupt schemes with miners’ salary payments
The Security Service of Ukraine exposed top management of the State Enterprise “Lvivvugillya” on organising large-scale fraud around salary payments to the miners. Through misconduct of the officials, the state-owned structure was losing over USD 40,000 per month.
Field agents of the intelligence service have found that officials of Lvivvugillya, along with top managers of six separate units, established an illegal scheme of improper salary payments to the miners. They organised the involvement of miners to work outside the official mining work. In particular, abusing office, the officials used the work of subordinates for personal purposes and for participation in commercial projects for gaining an untaxed income.
It has also been documented that some workers, while continuing to receive a salary in Ukraine, were actually earning money abroad. Officials systematically failed to record in relevant timesheets and accounting records the cases of absence of employees at the workplace. Instead, the miners were getting a monthly salary with average size of USD 1,000.
During the searches and inspections conducted at the premises of state-owned “Lvivvugillya”, the six mines and the locations where the comapny’s management is building their houses, the law enforcement seized documents and other evidence of their illegal activities.
On the territory of one of the mines, officers also found an underground shop for the manufacture of concrete products and paving slabs that had been illegally connected to the mains.
The investigations are ongoing in the framework of the criminal proceedings initiated under part 3 Art. 191 of the Criminal Code of Ukraine. Involvement of other industry officials to illegal schemes is being checked.
The operation was conducted jointly with the police investigators under the supervision of the regional Prosecutor's Office.
For the Attention of the SBU Head