Personal assistant to Khakassia Head of Personnel accused of stealing 12 million rubles
Ekaterina Kovaleva, 26, has been charged with aiding in the fraud. She became the ninth defendant in the criminal case, which involves officials and managers of commercial structures of Khakassia.
In Khakassia, law enforcers continue the investigation of a high-profile criminal case of fraud on a considerable scale during the procurement of medical equipment.
Another person had recently been detained and became a defendant in this case — personal assistant to Head of the Khakassia Administration Vladimir Byzov, Ekaterina Kovaleva, as reported on the website of the ICR department in the Republic of Khakassia. The court arrested her for a period of 1 month and 24 days.
The 26-year-old woman was charged with complicity in the Swindling committed by an organized group using official positions (part 5 of Art. 33, part 4 of Art. 159 of the Criminal Code).
As reported by the Khakassia media outlet, law enforcers found 12 million rubles in Kovaleva’s garage during a search. The woman could not explain the origin of the money. At the same time, the sources of the agency insist that Kovaleva is "a bright and decent child."
Ekaterina Kovaleva became the ninth defendant in a criminal case of fraud on a considerable scale committed by an organized group during the procurement of medical equipment.
The Head of the Republic’s Administration, retired FSB Colonel Vladimir Byzov was arrested on December 29, 2016. Law enforcers also arrested Head of the Tsentr Zakupok (Procurement Center) Igor Arokin, his deputy Inga Meluzova, and Head of the center’s department Svetlana Kozachenko.
Vladimir Byzov in a courtroom
Managers of commercial structures Yevgeny Rukosuev, head of R-Pharm JSC in the Republic of Khakassia Alexander Giter, founder of Sovremennie Diagnosticheskie Sistemy (Modern Diagnostic Systems) LLC Pyotr Kozar, director of Tela LLC Dmitry Lashkov were also taken into custody.
The investigation has evidence that from December 1 to 27, 2016 members of the criminal group purchased medical equipment, drugs and consumables in Abakan for the needs of republic’s medical institutions at prices much higher than those on the market. Investigators estimated that the stolen funds amounted to 195 million rubles.
Apart from that, Vladimir Byzov is accused of taking a bribe of 17 million rubles for assistance to commercial firms in obtaining government contracts. During a search in his office, law enforcers found and seized 25 million rubles, a pen worth 300 thousand rubles, as well as bonds and different valuables.
Video: charges brought against personal assistant to the Head of the Khakassia Administration, Ekaterina Kovaleva
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