Moscow businessman who was witness in embezzlement case arrested in absentia as accomplice
Yury Birchenko is charged with participating in a scheme to withdraw funds in carrying out contracts for the equipment of parking lots with electronic monitoring systems.
Moscow businessman and co-owner of Intellektualnye trafik sistemy (Intelligent Traffic System, ITS) Yury Birchenko has been arrested in absentia for participating in a scheme to embezzle funds in carrying out contracts for the equipment of parking lots with electronic monitoring systems.
According to the investigation, the embezzlements were conducted in 2012-2013. Initially, Birchenko was a witness in the case. The Direktsiya Kapitalnogo Remonta State Public Institution of the Moscow Department of Capital Repair conducted several contracts, including with SVEKO FSUE under the Russian Federal Guards Service for the construction and installation works on the equipment of an intelligent monitoring system for parking lots. The total amount of money allocated under the contracts exceeded 640 million rubles ($11.1 million).
SVEKO selected a company co-owned by Birchenko as the contractor, since the entrpreneur and his business partner Evgeny Akhmadishin proposed to improve the existing monitoring system. The software and devices they developed assumed a range of up to 50 km instead of 25 km.
The first defendant in the case was Director General of another Direktsiya Kapitalnogo Remonta contractor, Konstantin Sysoev. According to witnesses, including Yury Birchenko, the official forced them to make payments through the company under his control – Yuventa LLC – to the accounts of which up to 10% of proceeds were disbursed. In 2015, Konstantin Sysoev, who had embezzled 30 million rubles ($525,300), was sentenced to two years’ imprisonment and a fine of 200 thousand rubles ($3,502) by the decision of the Lyublinsky Court.
After that, another criminal case was initiated, this time with damage of almost 640 million rubles. Head of the Moscow Department of Capital Repair Aleksandr Shukyurov, Head of ITS (Intellektualnye trafik sistemy, Intelligent Traffic System) Evgeny Akhmadishin, and Erik Galstyan (then former SVEKO deputy director) were placed in a pre-trial detention center on charges of swindling. Later, in January this year, Oleg Filippov, head of SVEKO, was taken in custody. The investigation found that the accused people would withdraw money to the accounts of the dummy companies controlled by them.
Meanwhile, Birchenko had left Russia and has been granted a residence permit in one of the states of the European Union. The investigation plans to declared him wanted through Interpol.
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