Murmansk Housing and Public Utilities Official suspected in misappropriation of 300 million rubles
His predecessor on this position was charged with loss of more than half-billion rubles.
Investigators of the Russian Ministry of Internal Affairs (MIA) Administration for the Murmansk Region initiated a criminal case against Victor Vorishilov, ex-head of Octyabrskoe Housing and Communal Services Limited Liability Company. The former Housing and Public Utilities Official is suspected in misappropriation of 300 million rubles transferred for vendors providing heat, hydro, and other public utilities by people living in apartment buildings serviced by this Housing and Communal Services Company.
Victor Vorishilov is charged with crimes defined in Article 160 of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation (Misappropriation or misuse of funds at especially large scale), punishable by up to 10-year prison term and fine up to 1 million rubles.
According to the investigators, the head of Octyabrskoe Housing and Communal Services Limited Liability Company has stolen funds in his custody transferred by apartment buildings’ property owners and users that had to be paid to Murmansk Thermal Power Plant Open Joint Stock Company, MRSK (Interregional Hydro Distribution Network Company) of North-West Open Joint Stock Company, AtomEnergoSbit Joint Stock Company, and others. Therefore, several resource providers in the region have sustained losses for some 300 million rubles.
A written undertaking not to leave the place has been imposed as a pre-trial restriction.
Notably, in 2013 police of the Murmansk Region had already investigated a similar case; the suspect, Grigory Dimov, was also the Principal General of Octyabrskoe Housing and Communal Services Limited Liability Company. At that time, due to his actions, regional heat providers fall short of 548 million rubles for already-provided heat. Ultimately, Grigory Dimov was sentenced to 1 year in prison colony.
The prosecutors want the former Russian Federation Council member to go to prison for 14 years instead of 9 and pay a 500-million-ruble ($8.8 million) fine instead of 70 million rubles ($1.2 million).