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The SSU has exposed officials of the Chernivtsi and Odessa customs offices for large-scale corruption

03 Feb, 2023
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The SSU has exposed officials of the Chernivtsi and Odessa customs offices for large-scale corruption

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The Security Service systematically destroys large-scale corruption schemes in the control bodies of Ukraine.

In the course of investigative and operational actions at the Chernivtsi and Odessa customs offices, criminal mechanisms for obtaining money from businessmen were eliminated.

In the Chernivtsi region, the head of one of the local customs posts was exposed to corruption charges.

For various sums of bribes, he "guaranteed" entrepreneurs do not create obstacles during customs clearance of commercial cargo.

Involved two acquaintances in the illegal activity as intermediaries to obtain an illegal benefit.

Among them is a former customs officer who was previously prosecuted for corruption.

SSU employees documented the fact of handing over the first part of the bribe in the amount of $3,000 for the smooth processing of three customs declarations.

Law enforcement officers detained a middleman in Kyiv for receiving $12,000. - the second part of the unlawful benefit. For this money, the official promised to arrange for the entrepreneur a wholesale batch of consumer goods without "extra" questions.

Two persons involved - the organizer of the scheme and his accomplice - were notified of suspicion under Part 3 of Art. 368 of the Criminal Code of Ukraine (acceptance of an offer, promise, or receipt of an illegal benefit by an official).

In the Odessa region, officials of the "Odessa-port" and "Bilhorod-Dnistrovsky" customs posts were exposed for organizing the customs.

Criminals have established a corrupt scheme to receive money from volunteers who bring humanitarian aid to Ukraine for Ukrainian defenders.

For bribes, officials promised carriers not to create obstacles during customs clearance of cargo. The amount of illegal profit was 500 dollars per vehicle. SSU employees documented several episodes of receiving monetary "rewards".

Law enforcement officers detained the chief state inspector of the "Odessa-port" customs.

Currently, he has been notified of suspicion under Part 3 of Art. 368 of the Criminal Code of Ukraine (acceptance of an offer, promise or receipt of an illegal benefit by an official).


The Odessa Journal

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