The management of a well-known network of military stores will appear before the court for fraud with humanitarian aid for the Armed Forces

29/03/2023

The SBI has completed a pre-trial investigation against the founder and manager of one of the retail chains that specializes in the selling of military items. They attempted to make money by selling humanitarian aid. The indictment has been delivered to the court.

It was found that in April 2022, the persons involved approached one of the military units with the offer to send them humanitarian aid - armor plates and protective helmets - free of charge.

To do this, they requested that the military issue their company a certificate for the import of the essential products, allowing them to skip customs clearance and payment of customs duties.

The criminals brought 1.5 thousand armor plates and 300 protective helmets from Poland to Ukraine after getting the required certificate. The declared value of the goods at that time was more than 800,000 hryvnias, and the market value was approximately 8 million hryvnias.Instead of donating the products to the military, the merchants gave the unit's commander the opportunity to purchase the helmets and plates at market value. When the military refused, entrepreneurs started selling armor plates and helmets through their own network of businesses.

The owner and head of the retail network are charged of illegally profiting from humanitarian relief and breaking the procedure for international transfers of state-controlled products (Part 3 of Article 201-2).

The sanction of the article provides for punishment in the form of deprivation of liberty for a term of up to 7 years.

Procedural supervision is carried out by the Kyiv City Prosecutor's Office.