"On March 24, NABU detectives, under the procedural guidance of prosecutors of the Specialized Anti-Corruption Prosecutor's Office, are conducting a number of searches in the city of Odesa," the message says.
The investigative actions are carried out as part of a pre-trial probe into a massive embezzlement of local budget funds by local officials in prior collusion with representatives of the business community.
In particular, the sale of an administrative building of Kraian plant to the Odesa city hall at an inflated price is being looked into.
As reported, NABU detectives have established that the building was sold for 11 million hryvnia ($404,545) in early 2016. In August 2016, it was given a separate address and sold for 4 million hryvnia ($147,107). In September 2016, the new owner offered this building to the Odesa city hall for 185 million hryvnia ($6.803 million).
The purchase took place in December 2016. The probe was launched in November 2016.