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Officials of State Tax Service help to unlawfully legalize foreigners for USD 600

Officials of Sumy border detachment helped foreigners from Central Asia in their quest to obtain a legal status in Ukraine.   SBU, the State Bureau of Investigation jointly with the Military Prosecutor's Office thwarted this illegal activity.

For the said price tag, servicemen of the State Border Guard in collusion with a Russian citizen put the marks of the alleged crossing of the state border by foreigners.  Border guards also entered the corresponding invalid data into the state informational systems.  On average, the cost of such “services” was USD 600. The customers were the illegal residents from Kyiv region and those on Interpol “wanted” list. 

Law enforcement detained the mediator, a Russian citizen, on his receiving another order near a Kyiv shopping mall.

During the searches of criminals’ residences in Kyiv and Sumy region, SBU officers found the passports with the forged marks, cash, firearms and other evidence of illegal activity.

The mediator was served a notice of suspicion of committing the crime stipulated by
Part 3 Article 369-2 (“Excess of official powers”) of the Criminal Code of Ukraine.

The issue about serving a notice of suspicion in committing a crime stipulated by Part 1 Art. 361 (“Unauthorized interference with the work of electronic computing machines, automated systems, computer networks or telecommunication networks”), Part 1 Art. 368 (“Acceptance of a proposal, promise or illegal financial gain by an official”), Part 1 Art. 263 (unlawful handling of weapons, ammunition or explosives) of the Criminal Procedure Code of Ukraine and choosing a measure of restraint to the State Border Guard officers is being settled.

The investigation is under way.

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