Kopeysk officials destroy utilities to steal pipes

Kopeysk officials destroy utilities to steal pipes

According to the MIA, housing and utilities sector facilities (in particular, boiler facilities) were destroyed to cover up thefts. Now the officials responsible are to face trial.

In Kopeysk, the criminal cases of three high-ranking officials accused of theft, embezzlement, and disablement of housing and utilities sector facilities have been referred to court. This is reported by Senior Assistant Prosecutor of the Chelyabinsk region Natalya Mamaeva with reference to the Prosecutor General of the Russian Federation.

There are several episodes in the case. According to the investigation, in 2016, the head of Gorodskaya Sluzhba Zakazchika municipal institution aided by the acting director of Upravlenie Blagoustroystva municipal unitary enterprise stole heating pipes from various facilities of Kopeysk and property from the boiler room, causing damage to the city and organization in the amount of more than 10 million rubles ($152,230). In addition, theft of pipes led to the destruction of heating networks and the boiler house in Kopeysk. According to the MIA, the lawbreakers would destroy communal facilities to cover up thefts.

The investigation indicates that in the same period, the deputy head of the municipal customer service department together with the head of the administration department of Kopeysk stole 318 thousand rubles ($4,840) from the city budget, thus ensuring the victory of an affiliate organization in the tender for trees trimming in Kopeysk.

The names of the officials are not reported. It is known that a preventive measure in the form of release on own recognizance and proper behavior has been elected for them for the period of investigative actions.

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