Cheboksary's official accused of damage to budget of almost $1m
According to investigators, Yuri Petrov accepted services from a company that did not have a construction permit.
The Investigative Committee in Chuvashia initiated a criminal case against head of the Cheboksary municipal budgetary institution Office of Capital Construction and Reconstruction Yuri Petrov under part 2 of Art. 292 of the Criminal Code (Official Forgery). This is reported by Kommersant.
According to the investigation, the official signed acts of acceptance of work from Bulat LLC, although he knew that the company does not have a mandatory building permit. The firm was engaged in erecting a nine-story apartment building in Cheboksary.
According to the case materials, the contract between the municipal budgetary institution and Bulat LLC was signed in March 2017 "within the framework of the implementation of the republican targeted program for the resettlement of citizens from an emergency housing fund." The company was to build a nine-story four-porch house on Magnitsky Street. The erection of the building began in April, but at that time Bulat never received a building permit. The investigation believes that Petrov knew about this fact, but despite this, he signed the acceptance certificates for works from April to July 2017. As a result of Petrov's actions, more than 59 million rubles ($990.900) were illegally transferred to Bulat's accounts. Investigators believe that it was this amount that caused damage to the local budget.
According to the sources of the publication, Petrov explained his actions by not wanting to hamper the construction of the house for residents of emergency housing.
The prosecutors want the former Russian Federation Council member to go to prison for 14 years instead of 9 and pay a 500-million-ruble ($8.8 million) fine instead of 70 million rubles ($1.2 million).