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 PGO serves indictment to Georgia’s former Consul Nishnianidze suspected of large-scale embezzlement

The Prosecutor General's Office of Ukraine in conjunction with the Office for Combating Corruption and Organized Crime of the Security Service of Ukraine charged former Consul General of Georgia in Odesa Teimuraz Nishnianidze with large-scale embezzlement of public funds.

As reported by Censor.NET, this was said by Larysa Sarhan, a spokeswoman for Prosecutor General of Ukraine Yurii Lutsenko.

PGO's department investigating major frauds served indictment to ex-Consul General of Georgia in Odesa Teimuraz Nishnianidze. He is accused of large-scale embezzlement of public funds in conspiracy with other persons and laundering of proceeds derived from criminal activity.

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"The pre-trial investigation found that Nishnianidze, who was acting in conspiracy with other consulate employees, requested Ukrainian tax authority to refund over 17 million hryvnia of value added tax for brand-name clothing allegedly purchased between June 2012 and November 2013. The goods were allegedly acquired at Louis Vuitton, Gucci, Dsquared2, Helen Marlen and other stores in Kyiv and Odesa, which accordingly allowed them as the foreigners to appeal for VAT refund.

"Consequently, the consulate employees should have spent over 100 million hryvnia (over $12 million at exchange rate of that time) for the brand-name clothes. Nishnianidze personally requested and received VAT refund in the amount exceeding 4 million hryvnia which were transferred to his bank account and subsequently withdrawn by him from ATMs in Odesa and Kyiv and spent for personal needs. Furthermore, almost 1 million hryvnia was refunded to Nishnianidze for the goods he allegedly bought at the time when he was outside Ukraine which made it physically impossible for him to acquire them," Sarhan said.

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