Former lawmaker comes off with probation for stealing 1 million rubles

Former lawmaker comes off with probation for stealing 1 million rubles
Andrey Igoshin

Andrey Igoshin and his accomplice, the CEO of the Pava Company, implemented an illegal scheme of VAT refunds through deceiving the tax authority.

The court convicted the former member of the Altai Region Legislative Assembly and founder of the Pava grain-processing company under part 4 of Art. 159 of the Criminal Code (Swindling).

The investigation and the court found that in 2009 Igoshin, who owned the controlling package of the company, prepared the documents that allegedly proved Pava had purchased technical equipment worth more than 30 million rubles from the Svetoch Company. In reality, the Svetoch legal entity, although registered in the established order, did not actually operate. Igoshin requested the signature for the forged documents from the Pava CEO, Andrey Ananyin, also an accomplice in the crime. Subsequently, the documents and the declaration for the 4th quarter of 2009 were sent to the tax office. There the amount of VAT claimed for reimbursement was regarded as justified. As a result, the agricultural holding received 1 million rubles from the federal budget. Igoshin and Ananyin disposed of this money at their own discretion.

After examining the case, the court found Andrey Igoshin guilty and sentenced him to 4 years of imprisonment with a probation period of 3 years. In addition, the former businessman and lawmaker, who never admitted his guilt, was obliged to pay a fine in the amount of 200 thousand rubles.

Igoshin’s accomplice, Pava CEO Andrey Ananyin concluded a pre-trial agreement on cooperation. In 2014, he was sentenced to 3 years’ probation and a fine of 100 thousand rubles.

It is worth noting that the Pava agricultural holding was founded in 1999 and disbanded in January 2015 by its owners "due to losses, increased risks, and crop failures of recent years." As for Igoshin himself, former member of the Edinaya Rossiya party, by this February, the amount of his personal tax payable was more than 3.5 million rubles and became the subject of litigation with the tax authorities.

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