$748k stolen upon repair of Russian anti-aircraft missile complex. Investigation suspects Ministry of Defense
According to the investigation, the scam was led by officials of the Ministry of Defense. Their identities are not established yet.
Head of Plant Elektropribor Mutalib Emiraliev is accused of embezzling funds in the repair of Russian weapons commissioned by officials of the Ministry of Defense, Izvestia reports.
The criminal case was instituted after the inspectors established tax evasion for 24 million rubles ($360,000). The investigation revealed that in September 2014, entrepreneur Emiraliyev won a state contract for the repair work of anti-aircraft guns. According to the contract, repair of units, cells, spare parts and components was planned in the anti-aircraft missile system. Such equipment is installed on many warships of the Russian Navy, in particular on the nuclear-powered cruiser Peter the Great.
The contractor had to replace the defective high-precision mechanisms and devices for the total cost of 49 million rubles ($730,000). To fulfill the order, Emiraliev first attracted a controlled firm, and then produced fake invoices, judging by which the old components were taken to Penza for restoration and returned to Murmansk.
According to the investigation, in fact, the only thing Emiraliev did was redecorating blocks and accessories. For these purposes, he attracted former employees of defense enterprises from Ukraine, who were subsequently not paid wages. According to the investigators, officials of the Ministry of Defense themselves knew about fraud.
As part of the investigation, another episode of fraud was revealed. According to the investigators, earlier, Emiraliev “repaired” tropospheric communication systems in the same way at one of the anti-missile defense facilities in the Moscow region. Then tens of millions of budget funds were appropriated.
Now the businessman faces a real sentence for the organization of the scam and tax evasion. However, the investigation suggests that he is only a member of the organized criminal group. All actions were led by Defense Ministry officials. Their identities are not established yet.