As reported by Censor.NET citing the press office of the Interior Ministry, the officials and heads of private firms set up a corrupt scheme allowing them to capitalize on speeding up the issuance of biometric passports.
The officials were issuing biometric travel passports at inflated prices in the shortest possible time bypassing the formal procedure.
Their "clients" had an opportunity to obtain passports within 22 days for 3,000 hryvnia (about $110) while the issuance of travel IDs in 1-2 working days would cost them 11,000 hryvnia (over $360) while the actual price was 557 and 800 hryvnia respectively.
The officials and their henchmen not only capitalized on that scheme but also created speculative frenzy among those wishing to obtain biometric passports in the migration service branches through formal procedure which caused substantial damage to the state budget.
Moreover, the law enforcers identified almost 20 firms proposing their clients to obtain passports in the migration service branches using corrupt scheme.
It is noteworthy that one of the detained officials of the State Migration Service and his accomplice who acted as an intermediary in unlawful passport issuance were also charged with manufacture, possession and distribution of various types of drugs.