Krasnoyarsk police former chief accountant faces 14 years' imprisonment for $2.3m-theft

Krasnoyarsk police former chief accountant faces 14 years' imprisonment for $2.3m-theft
Nadezhda Nikolaeva

Lieutenant-Colonel Nadezhda Nikolaeva is accused of misappropriating tens of millions allocated for salaries to policemen.

In the course of the court hearings on the case of former chief accountant of the Interior Ministry of Krasnoyarsk Nadezhda Nikolaeva, the prosecution offered to sentence the defendant to 14 years of imprisonment, Kommersant reports.

The Prosecutor's Office also demanded to satisfy the civil suit of the Krasnoyarsk Ministry of Internal Affairs of Russia against the accused. To recover the multi-million damage, it is proposed to sell the property of Nikolaeva, which was previously arrested by the court. She owns 5 apartments, 4 of which is located in Krasnoyarsk and 1 in Moscow, a parking lot, a Toyota RAV-4 car, as well as 8 fur coats. The cost of Nikolaeva's 8 fur coats exceeds 20 million rubles ($355.000), Kommersant writes.

The process lasted for several years. The materials of the case, which includes 115 volumes, were transferred to the Krasnoyarsk court in early 2014. In the summer of 2017, Nikolaeva did not appear at one of the meetings, and the court changed measure of restraint from a recognizance not to leave for arrest. The case was initiated by the investigative authorities in April 2012 on the basis of audit that revealed the fact of shortage.

As The CrimeRussia previously wrote, chief accountant of the inter-municipal department of the Krasnoyarsk Interior Ministry Nadezhda Nikolaeva is accused of Swindling on an especially large scale (part 4 of Article 159 of the Criminal Code) and Forgery (Article 292 of the Criminal Code).

According to the materials of the Krasnoyarsk Investigative Committee, chief accountant of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Russia Nadezhda Nikolaeva unreasonably wrote off police officers' salaries, which were not confirmed in pay-sheets by signatures of the recipients. The fraud was committed from January 2007 to January 2012. More than 130 million rubles ($2.3m) have been stolen from the federal and regional budgets.

In particular, it was reported that the fraudster used the reform of the Ministry of Internal Affairs that was taking place at the time - the financing of the agency was conducted in full, and the staff was reducing. Nikolaeva involved her subordinate, according to the results of the inspection, 13 people were suspended from work. Subordinate to Nikolaeva chief accountant of the Ministry of Internal Affairs Larisa Medievskaya became the second person involved in the case. The prosecution asked for 5 years in prison. Nikolaeva and Medievskaya do not recognize themselves guilty.

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