Interior Ministry Criminal Expertise Center leadership suspected of fraud in procurements
The Head of the of the Ministry of Internal Affairs, Petr Grishin, and his deputy, Oleg Mazur, according to the investigation, provided the company of their friend with contracts for a value overstated by over 80 million rubles ($1.3m).
The Investigative Committee of Russia (ICR) initiated a criminal case on Swindling on an especially large scale (part 4 of Art. 159 of the Criminal Code) against Lieutenant-General Petr Grishin, Head of the Criminal Expertise Center of the Ministry of Internal Affairs (MIA), and his deputy Oleg Mazur, the ICR website reports.
According to the investigation, the leaders of the forensic center provided the company of their friend with state contracts for a value overstated by over 80 million rubles ($1.3m). In total, the case consists of three counts of embezzlement of budget funds in procurement of forensic equipment for regional expert units.
The FSB and the Main Directorate of Internal Security of the MIA also joined the investigation. The offices and places of residence of Grishin and Mazura are being searches, stated Irina Volk, an official spokesperson for the MIA.
It is also reported that earlier Grishin submitted a report on termination of services.
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