SAPO sends embezzlement case involving Lviv Armor Plant to court

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Ukraine’s Specialized Anti-corruption Prosecutor’s Office (SAPO) has sent the criminal case involving embezzlement by executives of Lviv Armor Plant, which is part of Ukraine’s state-owned Ukroboronprom concern, and Defense Ministry officials to Kyiv’s Solomyansky district court.

SAPO’s press service said on July 12 its pretrial investigation established sufficient grounds for the prosecution to consider charges against the director and deputy director of the plant, as well as the head of the Central Armor Control Department of Ukraine’s Armed Forces (CACD), a CACD section chief and the founder of LLC Bullet Line “for committing crimes under Part 5 of Article 27, Part 5 of Article 191 and Part 2 of Article 366 of Ukraine’s Criminal Code.

Investigators established that the Lviv Armor Plant had won a tender for the supply of new tank engines to the CACD. In keeping with related documents, the Lviv plant bought 40 engines from LLC Bullet Line and supplied them to the CACD. However, the engines were not new, they turned out to be used.

“Moreover, these same engines were sold in the domestic market as surplus property belonging to the Defense Ministry in 2008-2009. Losses to the state from the deal amounted to Hr 14 million,” SAPO agents said

The National Anti-corruption Bureau of Ukraine (NABU) has investigated the case since November 2016.

As reported, on July 14, 2017, NABU detectives under the procedural leadership of SAPO arrested five persons involved in fraudulent purchases of the engines for tanks of the Lviv Armor Plant. Plant director Roman Tymkiv and his deputy were among the detainees.

Kyiv’s Solomyansky District Court remanded Tymkiv into custody, setting bail at Hr 2 million. Tymkiv posted bail and was set free pending trial.

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