French Gendarmerie arrest Ukrainian suspected of corruption after purchase of castle for EUR 3 mln
The French Gendarmerie with the active support of Europol, on October 5 in Burgundy close to Dijon in France arrested a citizen of Ukraine who is suspected of international fraud and money laundering, the press service of Europol reported on Tuesday.
"The seizures during the action day alone amount at over EUR 4.6 million and include a castle, a vintage Rolls Royce Phantom and 3 works of art by Salvador Dali," the press service said.
Earlier in January, the French Gendarmerie initiated an investigation on alleged suspicious transactions surrounding the purchase of a castle which was bought for EUR 3 million by a Luxembourgish company whose ultimate beneficial owner was a Ukrainian citizen suspected of corruption at a large scale in his country.
Given the international dimension of the case, the French authorities rapidly requested Europol's support. Effective cooperation with the Ukrainian and Luxembourgish authorities revealed that the main suspect was wanted in his country for corruption.
Europol said that he was living a lavish lifestyle in France and he had however managed to evade justice by producing forged death certificates.
According to the Ukrayinska Pravda publication, referring to a source in the Prosecutor General's Office (PGO), this is Dmytro Malinovsky, who is suspected of embezzling funds of Odesa Port-Side Plant.