Federal Road Agency Deputy Head additionally charged with fraud
Moreover, a new defendant may appear in the case— head of Sevzapupravtodor (North-Western Management of Rosavtodor), where Mescheryakov was working when he received a bribe.
An episode of Swindling (part 4 of Art. 159 of the Criminal Code) was separated from the case of a major bribe against the deputy chief of Rosavtodor Management Timofey Mescheryakov. As the CrimeRussia previously reported, Mescheryakov was arrested in June 2016. Investigators believe that in May 2013, while serving as head of the Department of Property Relations at Sevzapupravtodor, Mescheryakov accepted fuel cards from three companies. From August 2014 to May 2016, the suspect received ‘gratification’ from these companies in exchange for assistance in the conclusion, implementation, and acceptance of works performed under the contracts signed with them. The bribe was estimated at 730 thousand rubles.
While handling this case, investigators were able to establish the fact of fraud. Businessman Pavel Konashenkov, as the CEO of a commercial organization in May 2012 - December 2014, presented a report on the redemption price of the land plots located in the Leningrad region to Sevzapupravtodor. The work was estimated at more than 40 million rubles, whilst in reality it cost 33 million rubles less. Investigators believe that the businessman acted together with unidentified persons for the purpose of stealing budget funds. A criminal case was initiated part 4, Art. 159 of the Criminal Code (Swindling). The case is associated with the land plots for the construction of roads.
In a recent statement, the Main Investigative Department of the Russian Investigative Committee (ICR) in St. Petersburg reminds precisely of Mescheryakov’s detention.
At the same time, 47 news reports that before Konashenkov was detained, FSB officers of the Transport service in St. Petersburg and Leningrad region had searched Sevzapupravtodor and the apartment of its former head Valentin Ivanov.
This looks like yet another senior official may become a defendant in Mescheryakov’s case, namely his boss at Sevzapupravtodor.
It should be noted that Pavel Konashenkov is head of road companies Geoservis LLC, Avtodor LLC, and Dorservis LLC.
Initially, the defendants in the case had been charged with embezzlement through swindling in the amount of 225 million rubles ($3.3 million). In the final version of the indictment, the article was changed to 1.5-billion-ruble ($22.45 million) embezzlement.