Ex-employees of housing and utility company got off with suspended sentences for theft from Defense Ministry
The investigation estimated the damage from the activities of the company's management at 17 million rubles.
Former employees of the branch of St. Petersburg company Slavyanka, a housing and utility company, received suspended sentences in the case of embezzling 17 million rubles ($294 thousand) from the Ministry of Defense. This is reported by the joint press service of courts of St. Petersburg in Telegram.
According to investigators, in March 2013, the managers of Slavyanka signed a contract with the Ministry of Defense for sanitary maintenance of barracks and housing stock. The fulfillment of the state order was entrusted to several branches of the company. It was assumed that half of the work would be performed by the company's employees, and the remaining 50% - with the help of employed labor, for which up to 300 thousand rubles were allocated.
The management of the St. Petersburg branch took advantage of this and hired 'cheap labor', but on paper, their wages were significantly overstated. Contracts and bank cards were issued to third parties, real wages were paid to the workers in envelopes. Then, the funds listed by the Ministry of Defense were cashed out. “Until June 2014, the accomplices fictitiously hired 25 people, with the help of which a total of 17 million rubles were stolen,” it was reported.
One of the top managers of the company, Denis Pavlov, and his accomplices Vladimir Borovikov and Svetlana Paley were found guilty under part 4 of Art. 159 of the Criminal Code (Swindling committed by an organized group or on an especially large scale). Pavlov was sentenced to four years in prison on probation, Borovikov and Paley received three years of probation. The defendants deny their guilt.
It is to be added that in 2016, Slavyanka JSC was declared bankrupt. In the summer of the same year, the case of Slavyanka was terminated, according to which the former CEO of the firm, Alexander Yelkin, was found guilty in the embezzlement case and sentenced to 11 years in prison.