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 One of 'Kurchenko case' suspects enters into plea agreement, - prosecutor's office

The businessman, who was earlier detained in Dnipro City under charges of running fictitious export of petroleum products through the Odesa customs brought against him within the so-called "Kurchenko case," has entered into a plea agreement with the prosecution.

Censr.NET reports citing a statement by the press service of the regional prosecutor's office.

"The prosecutor's office of the Odesa region is exercising procedural control over investigation into evasion of 1.2 billion hryvnia in customs payments to the budget and abuse of office by a group of persons while importing 800,000 tons of petroleum products to Ukraine.

"One person involved in illegal transactions with petroleum products has already been convicted under investigation into the corrupt practice," a member of Odesa region prosecutor's office Oleh Zhuchenko told a briefing on Monday, April 10.

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The businessman who was detained by the SBU officers in Dnipro City in February 2017 was found guilty of organizing a fictitious export of fuel through the Odesa region and forging of documents.

Taking into account that the suspect pleaded guilty and cooperated with the investigation, the prosecution entered into a plea agreement with him.

During the investigation, the prosecutor's office served indictment to an official - the captain, who carried out vessel calls to the Reni seaport in order to disguise the fictitious export of petroleum products.

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The court also issued arrest warrants for six other captains suspected of forging documents on the export of fuel outside Ukraine's customs territory.

As reported, three inspectors of the Odesa customs, the former CEO and Head Dispatcher of the company controlled by Kurchenko were served indictments under this criminal case.

The court also attached the assets of three companies, four river tankers and barges.

Pre-trial probe into the criminal case is carried out by the members of the National Police Main Directorate's Investigations Department in the Odesa region.

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Serhii Kurchenko is charged with running a crime ring involved in grave and extremely serious crimes connected with transactions with liquefied gas in 2010 - early 2014.

During the specified period, Kurchenko organized misappropriation of state-owned LPG worth of $2.2 billion by a ring he headed. The LPG produced by Ukrhazvydobuvannia PJSC and Ukrnafta PJSC was illegally acquired at the auctions at below market rates as allegedly designated for the population. The crime ring members were actually selling LPG right away to the entities subordinated to Serhii Kurchenko at market prices in the territory of Ukraine.

Serhii Kurchenko has been put on the international wanted list since March 2014.
 
 
 
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