Officer helps fuel company Eka make money selling overpriced gasoline to Moscow police

Officer helps fuel company Eka make money selling overpriced gasoline to Moscow police

The fuel was purchased at inflated prices.

Dmitry Koshelev, the former deputy head of the Moscow rear services, is accused of office abuse. According to investigators, the colonel helped the fuel company Eka Processing sell gasoline to the police at inflated prices. The former official has been placed under house arrest for 2 months. A criminal case has been initiated against him under Art. 285 of the Russian Criminal Code (Abuse of Official Powers).

According to Life, Koshelev was dismissed from his post last Saturday for malfeasance.

The former logistics officer is accused of office abuse when concluding billion-ruble tenders purchasing AI-92 and AI-95 gasoline for the Moscow police. From the documents it follows that the Moscow office of the Ministry of Internal Affairs purchased 241.000 liters of AI-92 gasoline at a 37 rubles per liter, making a total of 9 million rubles. 71.6 million rubles were spent on AI-95, 40 rubles per liter.

There is a clear overpayment we can see in the check (find attached below). In the first decade of 2014, when the contract was signed, the price of AI-92 ranged from 31.95 to 33.9 rubles per liter, while AI-95 cost something between 34.9 and 37.2 rubles.

This raised some eyebrows among policemen, who decided to investigate the likely embezzlement. Procurement documents were submitted to the independent trade union of the Moscow police.

In 2015, the trade union leader Mikhail Pashkin was actually quite interested in the reports. He wrote to Anatoly Yakunin, the head of the Moscow MIA, telling him of the alleged fraud, but the story seemed too insignificant to get his attention.

"I did write to the then police head, General Anatoly Yakunin, saying they were buying AI-92 at 37 rubles under the contracts, whereas it cost 32 rubles at refueling stations in Moscow. However, my letter to the general remained unanswered. Hopefully, they will do something about it now," Pashkin said.

The Investigative Committee said they might soon have to talk with General Anatoly Yakunin and Alexander Petrikov, the head of the MIA rear services department, who retired the other day.

The investigation is in full swing. A law enforcement source of Life said that investigators were checking Koshelev's involvement in the signing of the contracts between Moscow MIA Office and Eka Processing.

"Perhaps, Koshelev’s reviewing the contracts was a mere formality, and the visas were simply stamped on the documents so that the supervisory bodies took no issues with the executives who entered into contracts with the suppliers. The main center of economic, transport and service provision will surely be scrutinized, since it signs contracts with suppliers of goods and services for the needs of the city police, and therefore it is the center’s lawyers who check all government contracts for a corruption element," the Life source said.

Meanwhile, Eka Processing chose not to comment on the scandal.

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