Based on the SBI materials, the judge and the lawyer from the Odesa region will stand trial on suspicion of fraud


The SBI employees have completed a pre-trial investigation against the head of one of Odesa Region's district courts   and his accomplice, a lawyer. They are accused of defrauding money from a citizen in exchange for a favourable judgment.

The indictment has been submitted to the court.

It was revealed that the Head of the Court, through a lawyer, had promised the Odessa region resident to ensure that another judge would issue a favourable judgment. Previously, the plaintiff's common-law wife had already won a case in this court to recover debts from the debtor company. However, the money had not been transferred within a specific deadline, so she applied to the court to renew the deadline for filing a writ of execution.

At first, the judge and the lawyer planned to collect UAH 700,000 from the citizen, but then they reduced the amount to USD 6,000

The SBI documented the transfer of USD 3,500. The lawyer was detained by the Bureau's employees while receiving the second part of the tranche.

The accomplices are accused of fraud by the prior conspiracy of a group of persons (Part 2 of Article 190 of the Criminal Code of Ukraine).

If proven guilty, they will face imprisonment for up to 3 years.

Procedural guidance is provided by the Kyiv City Prosecutor's Office.