The Security Service of Ukraine has eliminated the scheme of illegal export of state forest
Participants in the criminal scheme illegally smuggled wholesale consignments of state-owned timber. Deliveries of products were made at artificially low prices to controlled foreign firms Dmytro Firtash, who is under the sanctions of the National Security and Defense Council.
Thus, the state budget did not receive tens of millions of hryvnias, which were deposited in the shadow accounts of dealers, instead of financing the defense needs of Ukraine under the conditions of full-scale aggression of the Russian Federation.
It has been established that the management of one of the state forestry enterprises in the Kirovohrad region is involved in the organization of illegal activities. Officials have set up a criminal mechanism to obtain money for the sale abroad of high-quality oak lumber.
To implement the deal, officials entered into agreements with an affiliated commercial structure registered in one of the European countries and is part of the management of sanctioned companies.
According to the signed documents, the representatives of the state enterprise supplied foreign products to the foreign side in industrial volumes at artificially low prices. To do this, they entered inaccurate information about the quantity and quality of raw materials exported from the territory of the forestry.
According to preliminary data, the obtained “difference” was shaded by the scheme participants through controlled companies.
In investigative and operational actions, SBU officers documented the facts of the illegal sale of forest resources and identified the organizers of the deal.
The head of the state-owned enterprise has now been informed about the suspicion of committing a crime. The issue of choosing a measure of restraint is being resolved.
A pre-trial investigation is underway to prosecute other persons involved in illegal activities.
SBU officers carried out measures to detect offenses in the Kirovohrad region under the procedural guidance of the Kirovohrad Regional Prosecutor’s Office.