Police searched Dnipro municipal council's and local media's offices
On June 19, the law enforcement officers in Dnipro conducted a series of searches, including in the office of a local mass media, as it was reported on the website of the Dniprovsky District Prosecutor's Office.
Thus, the Prosecutor's Office of Dnipropetrovsk region together with the SBU in the region conducted a series of searches in the criminal proceedings probing into the case of an abuse of office by officials of the municipal enterprise of the City Council while proceeding with the public procurement, which caused serious damage to the state budget (Part 2 of Article 364 of the Criminal Code) ).
According to the investigation, the municipal enterprise of the Dnipro City Council conducted tender purchases for the provision of advertising and marketing services (coverage of activity the city council, its executive bodies, officials and deputies through the media) in the amount of over 130 million UAH (around $ 4 871 000). The winners of the tenders were intermediaries, eight individuals - entrepreneurs (who have signs of being fraudulent entrepreneurs), with whom contracts have been concluded for the provision of these services. At the same time, the municipal enterprise has its own staff that actually performs that kind of work.
Searches were carried out in the offices of the municipal enterprise of the City Council, in the offices of the people involved in the case, at their place of residence and in their cars. Money, media and documentation relevant to the investigation were seized.
During the search in the media office, according to the prosecutor's office, the documents concerning the above-mentioned agreements concluded with all the winners of the tenders, the keys of the electronic digital signature of individuals - entrepreneurs and their seals have been seized, the prosecutor's office said.
The pre-trial investigation is ongoing. Persons involved in the crime are to be identified.