Censor.NET reports citing the statement by the SBU press-center.
"The law enforcers established that the official was systematically extorting and receiving money from a local businessman through an intermediary. The entrepreneur was paying a "tribute" for unobstructed business operations and abandonment of criminal proceedings initiated into tax evasion. The Security Service members detained the intermediary receiving the third part of a bribe in the amount of 250,000 hryvnia (about $9,600) in downtown Mykolaiv. The total amount of graft received by the senior official was nearly 700,000 hryvnia (almost $27,000)," the law enforcement agency informed.
Later, Prosecutor General Yurii Lutsenko unveiled the official's name. Turns out it was First Deputy Head of the Main Directorate of the State Fiscal Service in the Mykolaiv region Roman Pidhorodynskyi.
"Military Prosecutor's Office in conjunction with the SBU has nabbed First Deputy Head of the Main Directorate of the State Fiscal Service in the Mykolaiv region Pidhorodynskyi, who received 700,000 hryvnia in bribe for protection racketeering and ceased criminal proceedings. We are drafting documents for his arrest," he said.
The searches are being performed at the office and home of the civil servant as well as at his mediator's place of residence. The criminal proceedings into this offence have been initiated under part 4 of the article 368 of the Criminal Code of Ukraine.
The investigative activities into this case are underway.
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