As reported by Censor.NET, Chief of Major Fraud Investigations Department of the Prosecutor General's Office (PGO) Volodymyr Hutsuliak told Hromadske as he was commenting on the case against the tobacco distributor.
According to the prosecutor, the investigation was initiated to find out how the previous leadership of the Antimonopoly Committee (2011-2013) let Tedis gain dominant position on Ukrainian market and was turning a blind eye to violations committed by this company.
PGO raided AMCU building on March 31, 2017 at 7:30 a.m. The operation lasted until early next morning. Antimonopoly Committee Chief Terentiev was on business trip to the U.S. when the agency was raided.
Earlier, Prosecutor General Yurii Lutsenko said the PGO had exposed the monopoly distributor of tobacco products Megapolis Ukraine Ltd. (Tedis Ukraine) as involved in a massive money laundering and terrorism financing scheme.
2.5 billion hryvnia ($92.2 million) had been withdrawn from Ukraine by one of the country's biggest distribution companies, circumventing a National Security Council and central bank's ban.
"The PGO, the Chief Military Prosecutor's Office and the National Police have exposed a scheme for massive tax evasion and illegal siphoning of billions of hryvnia abroad, including for the financing of terrorism. As found, since 2012 and until today, Russian citizen Kesaev, one of the actual co-owners of the monopoly distributor of tobacco products Megapolis Ukraine Ltd. (Tedis Ukraine), is subject to the decision of the National Security and Defense Council banning the withdrawal of funds from Ukraine.
"Kesaev furthered the appointment of persons to key positions in Tedis, who coordinate all their decisions with a member of the board of directors of Russia's Degtyarev Plant, a supplier of arms to the terrorist organizations "DPR" and "LPR"," Lutsenko said.
"Despite the ban by the NSDC and the NBU, 2.5 billion hryvnia has been withdrawn during the period of 2015-2017 through the accounts of transit companies. To retain its monopoly position, the company also received assistance from certain state bodies," Lutsenko said.