Number of Saratov officials may be imprisoned for 5 years for embezzling money allocated for road construction
The contractor, who carried out road reconstruction, never received the multimillion-dollar payment from the administration of the Novouzensky district.
The ICR has initiated a criminal case into the inappropriate use by officials of the Novouzensky district of the Saratov region of over 16 million rubles ($246,966) allocated for the reconstruction of roads. This is reported by the regional IC Investigations Directorate.
The Saratov region allocated 24 million rubles ($370,449) from its budget for the reconstruction. Contracts were concluded with the contractor for the same amount, but they were never fully paid.
According to the investigation, officials disposed of 16 million rubles at their discretion.
The illegal activity has been exposed by the FSB and the regional Prosecutor's Office. A criminal case under Non-Target Spending of Budget Funds on a Large Scale has been initiated.
The names of the defendants remain secret; the IC is establishing all persons involved in the embezzlement. Those whom the court finds guilty in this case face up to five years in prison.