Oboronenergo former Director General arrested by court until 13 November

Oboronenergo former Director General arrested by court until 13 November

Top manager of the company supplying electricity to military units of the Ministry of Defense is suspected of embezzling nearly 450 million rubles in the summer of 2015.

The Khamovnichesky Court of Moscow has arrested the former Head of OJSC Oboronenergo Mikhail Fomin, who is accused of embezzling funds from the Ministry of Defense, for two months. As announced by Interfax, citing the court secretary.

In the morning it became known that the Director General of Oboronenergo Mikhail Fomin had been taken into custody, while six other defendants in the criminal case had been released on parole or under house arrest. They include the former Fomin’s Deputy Maksim Voronkov and the Head of Oboronenergo’s branch Petr Konik, as well as several managers.

The case of Mikhail Fomin and his subordinates is directly related to the case of embezzlement of funds from the Ministry of Defense of Russia, the main defendant of which is former Head of Oboronenergosbyt OJSC Aleksandr Zmikhnovsky. He is currently in Turkey. The charges have been brought against him in absentia. The criminal cases against the former management of Oboronenergosbyt and Oboronenergo have been merged into a single case.

Embezzlement of the military department’s money has been revealed by inspection of the Military Prosecutor’s General Office. In 2012-2013, members of the criminal group deliberately inflated the cost of electricity supplied to the Ministry of Defense. According to investigation, the embezzled money had first been transferred to the accounts of fly-by-night companies, controlled by members of the criminal scheme, and then withdrawn in cash.

The Ministry of Defense is currently deciding upon transferring Oboronenergo’s network assets to Rosseti holding.

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