The official attempted to give a bribe to influence the results of an audit of PGO's financial and economic activity.
The audit was carried out as part of pre-trial criminal proceedings in connection with the fact of embezzling 1.8 million hryvnia ($67,000) of state funds in December 2015, launched in January 2016 by NABU detectives.
According to investigators, the crime involves the conclusion of a number of contracts for the provision of services between the PGO and certain fictional firms.
Detectives say the person involved in the conclusion of these contracts - the current deputy head of a PGO department - was trying to give $5,000 to an intermediary for the further transfer of the sum to one of the leaders of the State Audit Service of Ukraine with the latter knowing nothing of the plan. The PGO official was caught red-handed.
He is charged with committing a crime under part 4, article 369 of the Criminal Code of Ukraine (offering undue profit to a top-ranking official) and faced with a pre-trial restraint.
The detectives carry out urgent measures for the establishment of other possible accomplices in the case.