Employees of the security Service of Ukraine in the framework of counterintelligence protection of critical infrastructure and combating systemic corruption exposed large-scale embezzlement of public funds intended for the reconstruction of the connecting channel “Tiligulsky estuary – Black sea” (Odessa region).

“Operatives of the intelligence service established that officials of the Regional landscape Park “Tiligulsky” the results of the tender signed a contract for repair work with a local Contracting company, whose Director General is the Deputy of regional Council”, – informs on Friday a press-the SB center of Ukraine.

After the competition part of the works the contractor instructed one of the business structures of the region and listed her 20 million UAH 60 UAH, allocated for reconstruction. “In fact, the firm-the subcontractor is not related to the construction or reconstruction of hydro-technical objects and the required machinery and equipment was not”, – noted in the secret service.

“To launder money,” said the press center of the SBU, the defendants in the proceedings brought in the official document obviously false data on the volume of work performed and the cost of the building materials used. Translated budgetary funds on the accounts of commercial structures were subsequently cashed and appropriated.

“As a result of such manipulation of the reconstruction work was carried out poorly, leading to rapid destruction of the waterworks and made it impossible for its further operation. Therefore, to restore the destroyed facilities from the budget is planned to allocate more than UAH 35mn the same contractor,” – said in the message.

During the authorized investigative actions of the contractor, law enforcement officers found computer equipment, electronic media, draft records, accounting documents and other materials confirming the illegal activities.

“Now the Deputy of regional Council, General Director of the enterprise-contractor is reported about suspicion in Commission of the crimes provided by part 5 of article 191 and part 2 St. 366 Criminal code of Ukraine, and the contractor technical supervision of construction, which recognized the waterworks serviceable – at part 2 St. 366 Criminal code of Ukraine. The suspect elected a measure of restraint in form of detention and round-the-clock house arrest, respectively”, – have informed in security service of Ukraine.

Currently, law enforcement officers continue investigations to establish all the circumstances of the case and prosecute the other officers, possibly involved in the embezzlement of budget funds.