Ministry of Energy high-ranking official's spouse suspected of ghost payrolling
In this case FSB officers conducted searches in the Association of non-public joint-stock company Sovet Rynka (Market Council), which unites sellers and buyers of electricity. Not working in the association Oksana Grinkevich earned 1 million rubles ($17.000) for a year.
Law enforcement authorities suspected wife of former deputy director of the Electric Power Industry Development Department of the Ministry of Energy Egor Grinkevich Oksana of fraud. The investigation believes that she was employed in the association of the non-commercial partnership Market Council for the organization of an effective system of wholesale and retail electricity and capacity (NP Sovet Rynka) without actually working in the structure. So, being the employee of the association from March 1, 2011 till June 29, 2012 Oksana Grinkevich, whose husband once oversaw the Ministry of Energy’s Sovet Rynka, received a salary for a total of more than 1 million rubles ($17 thousand). On this fact, Interior Ministry investigators opened a criminal case on Swindling on an especially large scale (part 4, Article 159 of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation).
As reported by Kommersant, investigators of the Ministry of Internal Affairs and FSB operatives conducted searches in NP Sovet Rynka, which unites sellers and buyers of electricity. Law enforcers were looking for documents relating to employment of Oksana Grinkevich in the central office of the organization and the home of its leaders. So, security forces came to the head of the association, former Deputy Presidential Envoy in the North Caucasus Federal District Maxim Bystrov, his deputy Elena Boenko and Oksana Grinkevich herself. All three were taken to the Southern District Internal Affairs Directorate for interrogation as witnesses, after which they were released.
Note that at the moment the investigation of the criminal case of fraud is still being conducted against unidentified persons.
NP Sovet Rynka was established in 2008 and consists of sales houses (76 generating companies), buyers (large consumers, energy sales - 232 members), experts (100 members) and infrastructure organizations (four members). The association controls JSC ATS (organizer of trading on the wholesale market) and JSC Center for Financial Settlements (provides settlements between wholesale sellers and buyers).
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