Investigative Committee is looking for cannery Director’s accomplices in Federal Penitentiary Service

Investigative Committee is looking for cannery Director’s accomplices in Federal Penitentiary Service
Pavel Belikov

Millions stolen from the Russian Federal Penitentiary Service (FSIN), which were allocated for the purchase of canned food, Pavel Belikov has spent on property, cars, arable lands and pastures.

The ICR investigators conducted a thoroughgoing check of senior FSIN employees, who may be involved in the scam in the Federal State Unitary Enterprise (FSUE) Konservny zavod FSIN Rossii (Cannery of the FSIN of Russia) in the city of Engels, the Saratov Region, where in a short time more than 350 million rubles has been stolen.

According to Kommersant, the main person of interest in the case initiated in May 2016 is the former Director of the enterprise and the former Minister of the Saratov Region Government Pavel Belikov, although there are some other unidentified persons working in the FSIN, who are involved in the case.

In spring, Belikov was detained by the officers of the ICR Main Investigative Directorate in the Saratov Region, and was convoyed to Moscow, where the Head of the FSIN departmental enterprise was charged under part 4 of Art. 159 of the Criminal Code (Swindling on an especially large scale).

Pavel Belikov was appointed as the CEO of the cannery in the middle of 2014, and was dismissed in March, 2015.

According to the case materials, some time after Belikov came to the cannery as the enterprise CEO, he entered into a criminal conspiracy with the FSIN officials yet unidentified by the investigation.

According to the investigators, Belikov learned from the same unidentified officials about the fact that in 2014 for the regional offices 1.2 billion rubles for the purchase of canned food without tenders will be allocated from the state budget.

Although the technical possibilities of the enterprise run by Belikov initially did not allow completing an order for the indicated amount, with the help of the concerned officials in the FSIN, the plant in the Saratov Region has received no less than 400 contracts for the supply of canned foods.

As the newspaper notes, the FSUE fulfilled the orders only partially. According to the investigation’s estimates, the plant did supply canned food to the regional offices in the amount of 350 million rubles.

However, the payment under the contract was made in full.

In order to hide the shortage of products, Belikov with his accomplices tried to mislead the officials of the FSIN regional divisions telling them the necessary amount of food is stored in the factory warehouse.

After the payment, 350 million rubles from the accounts of the FSUE were transferred into accounts of the companies Agromiks LLC, Metis LLC, Master-konditer and Magic LLC, owned by Belikov and his associates.

The participants of the criminal community, according to the investigators, started spending the money stolen from the state immediately. Belikov, for example, in order to legalize the stolen funds registered acquired the property to his relatives.

To compensate the damage, the investigation has arrested dozens of facilities and cars belonging to his family: in less than one year of active thefts at the cannery, Belikov, according to the investigation, became one of the richest men in the Saratov Region.

Following the Belikov’s arrest, the Basmanny Court arrested the apartment, garage and the car Lexus RX450h, belonging, according to the documents to his son, and a house with the garden land, a two-bedroom apartment, and a few fields of arable land and pastures near the village Algayskaya in the Saratov Region, belonging to Belikov’s wife. Given that in 2015 the declared income of Nadezhda Belikova was 78 thousand rubles.

Belikova’s lawyers tried to appeal the court decision, claiming that the assets had been acquired long before her husband committed the crimes incriminated to him, at the request of the Moscow City Prosecutor's Office the Court upheld the decision to keep the property attached.

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