Case of $2.2m embezzlement in Artem Chaika’s company referred to court
The former owner of NK Berdyaush who had sold the company to the Prosecutor General’s son, has fled the country; its employees will be prosecuted.
A case of 139.9-million-ruble embezzlement in a company, which currently belongs to Russian Prosecutor General’s son Artem Chaika, has been referred from the Prosecutor General’s Office to the Chertanovo Court of Moscow, RBC reports.
Deputy Prosecutor General Viktor Grin’ confirmed the indictment in the case on May 4. The date of trial has not been set yet.
The embezzlement of funds was revealed during an audit after Chaika acquired NK Berdyaush from businessman Sergey Vilshenko in 2014. NK Berdyaush (now PNK-Ural), which produces rubble and is a major supplier of Russian Railways, has become the claimant and the injured party in the case.
There are three embezzlements in the amount of 9.5 million, 89.5 million, and 40.9 million rubles ($154.090, $1.45 million, and $663.398) in the case. The investigation believes that all three of them are related to fake contracts with fly-by-night companies. The services specified in contracts (supply of spare parts for machinery, freight forwarding) were never rendered, and the money was transferred to the accounts of companies controlled by Vilshenko.
The company’s former owner is hiding abroad (presumably in Greece). As it follows from the indictment, Vilshenko has been granted citizenship using forged documents. It is his subordinates – Ekaterina Krasninikhina, Elena Dorozhevich, and Dmitry Suprun – that will be prosecuted for the embezzlement.
According to the investigation, Vilshenko – then owner of NK Berdyaush – came up with the idea of embezzlement not later than on June 23, 2010. To implement it, he attracted his friends – legal adviser Ekaterina Krasninikhina, responsible for singing of contracts with fly-by-night companies, and economist Elena Dorozhevich, dealing with the finances. According to the indictment, Vilshenko’s friend and compatriot Dmitry Suprun became the nominal general director of the company and the direct culprit of embezzlement. He was later replaced by Krasninikhina. It is noted that the company’s former Director General Vladimir Gatsy, who replaced Krasninikhina, provided important evidence during the investigation. Gatsy pleaded guilty and was sentenced to four years in a colony; later, the Moscow City Court reduced his sentence by six months.
According to the indictment, the employees could not refuse the execution of Vilshenko’s orders due to fear of being fired and losing their earnings. They used instant messengers WhatsApp and Viber for conspiracy.
Meanwhile, the lawyer representing Krasninikhina later became a defendant in the criminal case. He is accused of trying to attach a false certificate to the materials of the case. He is defended by Vice-President of the Federal Chamber of Lawyers Genry Reznik.
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