The Security Service of Ukraine eliminated a corruption scheme at the Odessa customs office: millions of hryvnias were stolen from the export of Ukrainian grain

The Security Service, together with the BES, exposed a criminal scheme for the embezzlement of funds for the export of Ukrainian grain.

More than ten high-ranking officials are involved in the organization of the case. Among them is the deputy head of one of the State Customs Service departments and the Odesa Customs management.

They have established a large-scale tax evasion mechanism for exporting Ukrainian grain. Because of this, the state did not receive hundreds of millions of hryvnias.

Its participants involved more than 370 commercial structures with signs of fictitiousness in implementing the scheme.

Among them, the plots bought wheat en masse from private farmers, agricultural enterprises, and large agricultural holdings.

In order to “confuse” trade chains and avoid paying mandatory payments to the budget, merchants transferred products from one “firm” to another. And only after that, they sold grain to exporters for sale abroad.

According to the investigation, the employees of the Bureau of Economic Security discovered the facts of the use of risky enterprises in export procedures. However, the customs officials did not consider the relevant comments and allowed the sale of more than 1 million tons of grain products of merchants abroad.

It was established that this wheat was exported through the capacities of the grain terminals in Odessa, Chornomorsk, and Yuzhny ports.

Currently, an investigation is underway to establish all the circumstances of the offense, determine the actual losses to the state budget and bring the culprits to justice.

Crime detection measures were carried out under the procedural guidance of the Prosecutor General’s Office.

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