Former head of Smolninskoye Municipal District sentenced for swindling in state procurement

Former head of Smolninskoye Municipal District sentenced for swindling in state procurement
Natalya Smirnova

The official ensured the victory of the company Invest + in the competition for landscaping.

St. Petersburg’s Kuibyshevsky District Court sentenced the former head of the Smolninskoye MD administration, Natalya Smirnova, to two years in prison for swindling during a competition for landscaping. Dmitry Stepanov, the CEO of the winning company Invest +, was sentenced to three years of a suspended sentence, the joint press service of the St. Petersburg courts reports.

According to the investigation, from April 30, 2015 to November 9, 2015, Smirnova used her official position and ensured the victory of Invest + in the competition for the improvement of the inside-house territory of residential buildings located in the municipality. Invest + received at least 80 million rubles ($ 1,27 million), including 8,95 million rubles ($ 142.000) for unperformed work and unused materials. 

The investigation believed that Smirnova received her share of building materials in the amount of 1.4 million rubles ($ 22.000). In addition, using a similar scheme, in the period from February 18, 2016 to October 31 of the same year, Stepanov stole more than 927.000 rubles ($ 15.000) from the municipal budget.

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