Based on the SBI materials, court takes into custody former head of Kyiv Customs involved in embezzlement of over UAH 40 million


The court imposed a measure of restraint on the former head of Kyiv Customs' administrative and economic activities department and his accomplice, who organized the theft of goods worth more than UAH 40 million, based on SBI materials.

According to the court's decision, the former official was taken into custody with a bail alternative of UAH 27.2 million, and his accomplice was taken into custody with a bail alternative of UAH 13.9 million.

It should be reminded, that the SBI exposed and served a notice of suspicion on the chief economic officer of Kyiv Customs for systematic embezzlement of customs office property totaling more than UAH 40 million.

The customs officer developed schemes to misappropriate products of a well-known telecommunications brand, construction and household goods totaling over UAH 40 million. They were stored in customs warehouses.

To smuggle out premium smartphones from the customs warehouses, the official and his accomplices made fakes to replace the real gadgets. They were indistinguishable in appearance and weight from the original products.

Thus, the household goods were exported from the customs warehouse without drawing up any acceptance certificates.

The defendant was served a notice of suspicion of theft of another person's property, committed repeatedly, by prior conspiracy by a group of persons, combined with breaking and entering (Part 4 Art. 185, Part 5 Art. 185 of the Criminal Code of Ukraine).

The sanction of the articles provides for imprisonment for up to 12 years with confiscation of property.

The pre-trial investigation is ongoing. Other persons who may be involved in the criminal scheme are being identified.

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