The Chief Military Prosecutor wrote: "Is it hard to establish facts of embezzlement of public funds on defense today? It is extremely difficult, frankly speaking. The law requires us to find evidence and submit it to the court. The schemes of economic crimes have become more cynical, sophisticated, and complex, while witnesses do not tell the truth (in most cases, for various reasons)."
"But we are reporting success today. It was a joint achievement: Ukroboronprom CEO has handed over to the Military Prosecutor's Office the findings of audit conducted by the State Concern on possible embezzlement of state funds by the CEO of Lviv Armor Vehicle Factory; military prosecutors of the Western Region have carried out the investigation; operatives of the Interior Ministry Directorate to counter economic crimes in the Ivano-Frankivsk region and the Security Service officers in the Lviv region have professionally and promptly conducted undisclosed search activities," the Chief Military Prosecutor said.
"The result is the following: the investigators suspect the CEO of Lviv Armor Vehicle Factory SE of misappropriation, through the abuse of office, of public funds in the amount exceeding 2 million UAH (over $90,000) allocated for defense contracts. The crime was committed by prior agreement with the other parties with the use of fictitious companies in December 2014 - January 2015. The funds were allocated to restore 31 IFVs and several UTD-20 engines for the needs of the anti-terrorist operation."
"The search was carried out at the unfortunate repairman's place today. The suspect is currently at the Shevchenko district court of Lviv which is choosing pretrial restraint for him. The military prosecutor requests to remand the person into custody," he concluded.
Matios also published the pictures of state funds misappropriated by the moneymaker. The funds were to be spent on equipment renovation for ATO forces during battles near Debaltseve in winter this year.