Case of former Head of Vladimir Administration of MIA began bursting at seams before trial
Instead of the alleged damages of 1.7 million rubles, only 315 thousand remained in the final indictment, which the accused has already paid.
The criminal case of the former Head of Vladimir Regional Administration of the Ministry of Internal Affairs Sergey Gubarev has reached court in a much lighter form. Originally, the total amount of corruption episodes involving the high-ranking policeman has been estimated at 1.7 million rubles of damage. However, by the end of investigation, charges for two counts were dropped against the former Head of Vladimir Regional Office of MIA. The case has been referred to the court with the total amount of damage equaling mere 315 thousand rubles.
September 22, 2015 it became known that Sergey Gubarev became a defendant in the case of abuse of official powers. According to the CrimeRussia’s source, the numerous complaints filed by Vladimir businessmen, who reported that Gubarev and his subordinates made life a nightmare for them by imposing a tribute, were the grounds for the institution of criminal proceedings.
According to another existing version, the investigators were onto Gubarev, when they were looking into a criminal case against the Head of Healthcare Department of Vladimir Regional MIA Office FGHI Alexander Dogaev, accused of taking bribes. According to investigators, the health worker was taking kickbacks from his subordinates’ bonuses under the threat of disciplinary punishment. Dogaev was charged under Art. 290 of the Russian Criminal Code (Bribe-Taking). The witnesses testified that part of the money had been used for the maintenance of Sergey Gubarev’s relatives, whom he had sent to the departmental rehabilitation center. The Head of the Regional Office of the Ministry of Internal Affairs was charged under part 1 of Art. 285 of the Russian Criminal Code (Abuse of Official Powers). Sergey Gubarev was removed from office and placed under house arrest. In December 2015, Russian President Vladimir Putin dismissed him from his position.
Further investigation revealed that Gubarev allocated fake bonuses to his subordinates, spent the money on the repair and maintenance of two of his cars, and filled up his private car at public expense (4,500 l. of fuel total). Food was regularly purchased for the Head’s office, as well as TV sets, a tablet, and a cellphone. Gubarev took all appliances to Lipetsk. According to the documents, all material goods were registered as bonuses in the form of gifts for his subordinates. In addition, according to investigation, Sergey Gubarev allocated fake bonuses to his employees, who transferred the money to accounts specified by the head of MIA office.
The resulting damage to the Administration of the Ministry of Internal Affairs amounted to at least 1.7 million rubles.
As a result, Sergey Gubarev was charged under part 3 of Art. 160 of the Russian Criminal Code (Misappropriation or Embezzlement of entrusted property through the use of official position) and part 1 of Art. 285 of the Russian Criminal Code (Abuse of Official Powers). However, according to Kommersant, the aforementioned charge was dropped against him on amnesty grounds at the final stage before the end of investigation.
Documents with charges of alleged misappropriation of funds for the repair and fueling of personal vehicles, as well as embezzlement of appliances, which Gubarev had already returned to the Office, are to be referred to the court. The total damage was reduced to 315 thousand rubles. The former head of the Regional Office of MIA has fully paid it.
House arrest was changed to release on own recognizance. The case will be considered by the Oktyabrsky District Court of Vladimir.
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