"Today, at 11 a.m., an operation to identify another gas theft scheme started. This time, these are companies that have a license for the production of gas rather than joint operating agreements with the state. The searches took place in the city of Kyiv, the Kyiv region, and three other regions of the country as part of a criminal probe into evasion of taxes for about 1 billion hryvnia (approx. $40.229 million) over the past two years. The scheme had existed even before, but we are interested in the last two years," Lutsenko said.
According to him, a company, linked to former Ukrainian Minister Mykola Zlochevskyi, is suspected under part 3, article 112 and article 205 (tax evasion resulting in budget loss and fictitious enterprise) of the Criminal Code of Ukraine.
As reported, in January last year, the PGO put former Ecology Minister Zlochevskyi on the wanted list with $23 million having been frozen on his accounts. Later, it was reported that the case against Zlochevskyi was transferred to the NABU.
On Feb. 26, acting President, Verkhovna Rada Chairman Oleksandr Turchynov dismissed Zlochevskyi from the post of deputy secretary of the NSDC, which he had held from April 20, 2012. Earlier, Zlochevskyi held the post of minister of ecology and natural resources.