11:20 18.01.2018

SBU, NABU reveal gas scam at Naftogaz Ukrainy for over UAH 1.4 bln

SBU, NABU reveal gas scam at Naftogaz Ukrainy for over UAH 1.4 bln

Officer of the Security Service of Ukraine (SBU) implementing the task of protecting critical infrastructure jointly with the National Anti-Corruption Bureau of Ukraine (NABU) and the National Commission for Energy, Housing and Utilities Services Regulation (NCER) have revealed a scam that caused a loss of national joint-stock company Naftogaz Ukrainy in the amount of over UAH 1.4 billion.

"The law-enforcers established that in 2013-2015, representatives of two commercial entities submitted untrue data about the volumes of consumption of so-called 'municipal' gas to Naftogaz Ukrainy and the commission. It can be sold only to households, but in fact, it was used for commercial purposes," the press center of the SBU reported on Wednesday.

Officers of the main department of counterintelligence protection of the interests of the state in the area of economic security recorded that the unlawful actions of businessmen have resulted in the necessity of covering Naftogaz's losses from the national budget in the large amount.

"SBU initiated off-schedule inspections by the NCER how the licensed operations of commercial entities are observed. The inspections confirmed facts of the use of 'municipal' gas for other purposes," the press center said.

The press service of the NABU said that due to the above-mentioned steps, profits from electricity generation by commercial combined heat and power plants (CHPPs) that received 'municipal' gas exceeded 60% (compared with 3-5% set in the tariffs approved by the NCER).

"Thus, according to the NABU detectives, CHPPs received super profits comparable with the size of the loss caused to Naftogaz Ukrainy due to this scam," the NABU said.

Criminal cases regarding crimes described in Part 5 of Article 191 and Part 2 of Article 366 of the Criminal Code of Ukraine have been opened.

"As part of the pretrial investigation, the SBU investigators established the main defendants in the case, whom the National Anti-Corruption Bureau of Ukraine detained in accordance with Article 208 of the Criminal Procedure Code of Ukraine," the press center of the SBU said.

The press service of NABU said that on January 16, 2018, the detectives of the bureau jointly with prosecutors of the Specialized Anti-Corruption Prosecutor's Office (SAPO) detained four officials of Energia-Novy Razdel LLC, Energia-Novoyavorovsk LLC and Energia LLC in Lviv, who are suspected of seizing more than 300 million cubic meters of natural gas belonged to Naftogaz Ukrainy for more than UAH 1.4 billion.

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