Sakhalin: Former MIA Head faces trial for $34.500 embezzlement

Sakhalin: Former MIA Head faces trial for $34.500 embezzlement

A former Head of the Logistics Unit of the Department of the MIA in the Sakhalin Region is accused of exceeding his official powers and embezzling more than 2 million rubles ($34.500) of budgetary money, according to the Department of the Investigation Committee of the Russian Federation in the Region. The corrupt former police officer’s name was not revealed.

A criminal case was opened against him for breaking the article 286, part 1 of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation.

The Department of the MIA in the Region signed a public contract with the Stroitel RZHD Construction Company in December of 2013, according to investigative agencies. The contract was concerned with preparation of design and estimate documentation for renovation of the Department’s office. The documentation should have been approved by the Main Inspecting Agency of the Russian Federation. Stroitel RZHD should have been paid once the parties signed a certificate of final completion of renovation, according to the contract terms. Such a certificate should have only been signed given rectification activities had been performed and the Inspecting Agency’s approval was obtained.

In 2015, the officer knew the company was not going to deliver on its contract obligations, according to the investigation. He also knew money for renovation was already allocated from the budget. He eventually decided to spend the money ‘as he saw fit’. He developed and signed an additional agreement to the contract with the Stroitel RZHD in order for the allocated money not to be transferred back. He changed the subject of the contract in that agreement and removed conditions requiring submission of the documentation and approval of the Inspecting Agency.

The Department paid Stroitel RZHD more than 2 million rubles under these forged documents. Then, the corrupt officer signed a certificate of final completion without a good reason in 2015; Stroitel RZHD got the rest of the money.

In the meantime, the Center for the State Inspections of the MIA rejected the documentation and evaluated it negatively. The renovation that was to be performed under the contract is still pending.⁠

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