Law enforcers uncover criminal scheme on embezzlement of budget funds in healthcare sphere
The department for investigating especially important cases in the sphere of economics of the Prosecutor General's Office of Ukraine (PGO) and the department of economic protection of the National Police of Ukraine are investigating the embezzlement of budget funds by municipal and state institutions in the healthcare sphere.
"It has been established that the leaders and founders of commercial structures, on prior collusion with officials of public health institutions, for the purpose of embezzling public funds, organized a criminal scheme for purchasing over-priced medical equipment and expendable materials for hemodialysis procedures (one of the methods of extracorporeal blood purification)," the PGO's press service reported on Friday, January 26.
The report notes that in order to launder budget funds, affiliated foreign companies were created and fictitious contracts were signed with them. These companies were allegedly suppliers of medical materials and equipment to the necessary trade mark of the winners of the auctions.
In addition, on January 25, 2018, as a result of conducted searches, seals of offshore companies and other business entities, as well as funds worth about UAH 2 million, were found and seized in the office premises of commercial and state structures involved in embezzlement of budget funds.
According to preliminary data, as a result of these criminal acts, almost UAH 60 million in damage was done to the state and local budgets.
A criminal proceeding has been launched under Part 3, Article 191 of the Criminal Code of Ukraine (misappropriation, embezzlement of property or taking possession of it by abuse of office).
Investigative measures are being taken to establish all the circumstances of the criminal offense.