Stavropol: ex-deputy minister of housing and utilities suspected of embezzling donations for $15,550
The money was allocated for urban beautification.
The former deputy minister of housing and communal services of the Stavropol Region, Sergey Bychkov, is suspected of embezzling 1 million rubles ($15,550 allocated for the regional administration as a charitable payment, Komsomolskaya Pravda reports. The funds were supposed to be spent on urban beautification.
According the newspaper’s source in law enforcement, Bychkov stole the money when serving as the head of the town of Blagodarny. The official put pressure on members of the agricultural consumer credit cooperative. As a result, they donated 1 million rubles to the administration.
The donated money was supposed to be spent for the purchase of paving stones for a square located outside the administration building. However, the materials were never purchased. Later, the cost of pavers was included in the estimate for the execution of works.
In January 2019, Bychkov was suspected of fraud. According to the Investigative Committee in the Stavropol Territory, the official did not pay a businessman 120 thousand for the landscaping of a public garden. The official asked to postpone the payment, and after the completion of the work, he refused to pay the money at all.