Ex-mayor of Tula, sentenced to seven years for embezzlement, adjudged six months of freedom
The appeal court reduced the sentence of the former Mayor of Tula Alexander Prokopuk.
The Tula Regional Court is having heard an appeal against the verdict of the first instance court, commuted the sentence of the former Mayor of Tula Alexander Prokopuk and his accomplices. At that, the court agreed completely with the defendants’ guilt. As a result, Alexander Prokopuk was sentenced to 6.5 years of imprisonment in a colony with a fine of 900 thousand rubles. It is 6 months less than sentence in first the decision, says RIA Novosti.
Prokopuk from 2011 to January 2012, being the director of the Tula treasury agency Spetsavtohozyaystvo, signed acts with oversized volumes of works on improvement of the city, waste collection and recycling, using defunct machinery. The acts were provided to him by the Director of Stroitkom Nikolay Kochetkov. As a result, the commercial company received 13.9 million rubles. And over the next year (until 11 December 2012) in a similar way, Prokopuk with the assistance of Kochetkov and his Deputy Alexander Zhiltsov transferred more than 16.1 million rubles.
It is to be recalled that Alexander Prokopuk headed the municipal enterprise Spetsavtohozyaystvo, which was responsible for the sanitary condition in Tula, since 2003. On December 19, 2012 he was elected the Mayor of Tula and headed the city until the beginning of July 2014 when the first criminal case of embezzlement (part 4, Art. 160 of the Criminal Code) was initiated against him. He was placed under house arrest. However, before the court hearings, in December 2015, he was put in a pre-trial detention center. Prokopuk and Zhiltsov denied their guilt.
In May 2016, the Central Court of the city of Tula found the former Mayor Alexander Prokopuk guilty of embezzling 30 million rubles and sentenced him to 7 years in prison; his sentence is counted from December 19, 2014.
Kochetkov concluded a pre-trial agreement and was sentenced to four years of imprisonment with a fine of 2 million rubles. Zhiltsov’s punishment was mitigated to 4 years of imprisonment in a colony with a fine of 800 thousand rubles.
The court has deprived the rights of convicted to hold managerial positions in the civil service and in local government for three years.
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