We’ve opened three criminal proceedings against the taxman, which became a millionaire in the public service

Дніпропетровська область, 17.12.2015 Центр Протидії Корупції – громадська організація, яка об’єднує експертів з юридичного, медійного та громадсько-політичного секторів.
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The “Anti Corruption Action Centre” demands that Andriy Zvonkov, the taxman from Dneprepetrovsk, be brought to trial. There is substantial evidence that the former Deputy Chief of the State Fiscal Service (SFS) in the Dnipropetrovsk region, who has spent his whole life in public service, illegally enriched himself and rewrote property deeds to his wife.

The Centre’s team appealed to the General Prosecutor of Ukraine (GPU) with a request to open an investigation concerning Zvonkov’s illicit enrichment that under (Part 3 of the Criminal Code of Ukraine, Article 368-2) shall be punished by imprisonment for a term of 5 to 10 years, with disqualification to hold certain positions or engage in certain activities for up to three years and as well forfeiture of property and to legalize the proceeds of the crime (Part 2 of Article 209 of the Criminal Code of Ukraine, that states punishment by imprisonment for a term of 5 to 12 years with confiscation of money and other property obtained by knowing the crime and forfeiture of property).

Representatives of the GPU somehow sent our statement to the prosecutor of the Dnipropetrovsk region. The local prosecutors brought the information on Zvonkov to the Unified Register of Pre-Trial Investigations (URPI) for the same offense under Part 3 of the Criminal Code of Ukraine, Article 368-2 (illegal enrichment if subject was benefiting illegally on a large scale; shall be punished by imprisonment for a term of 5 to 10 years and be disqualified to hold certain positions or engage in certain activities for up to three years and forfeiture of property).

We also filed a complaint to the Pechersk Court of Kyiv about the inactivity of prosecutors who refused to immediately begin a preliminary inquiry of this case. As a result, the court ordered the Prosecutor General’s Office to bring information about the corruption of Zvonkov to the URPI and begin investigative actions in this regard.

Interestingly enough, prosecutors of the Poltava region also provided information on Zvonkov to the URPI of the featured crime under Part 2, Article 368-2 (illegal enrichment if subject was benefiting illegally on a large scale; shall be punishable by imprisonment for a term of 2 to 5 years, or imprisonment for a term of 3 to 5 years, and be disqualified to hold certain positions or engage in certain activities for up to 3 years and special confiscation and forfeiture of property.

BOTTOM LINE:

Journalists at Slidstvo.info found that the official, who never engaged in business, together with his wife owns three restaurants, a recreation complex, a few plots of land, houses, two elite automobiles and a bank account with a sum of more than 2 million UAH on it.

Zvonkov’s wife, Iryna, worked in taxes until 2010 and then began an active business career. Therefore, it is unclear which funds bought a property in Kremenchuk with a fully equipped luxury beauty salon. In 2013, Zvonkov acquired a property where he opened a rural complex, complete with a restaurant, tennis courts, a sauna complex and VIP apartments.

The journalists believe that Zvonkov, using his official position, received numerous bribes. This money was then laundered and used to buy real estate and other assets.

LEGAL ASPECTS OF THE CASE:

Given the above facts, we:

  1. Appealed to the Prosecutor General of Ukraine, V. Shokin with a statement about the crime. We ask to submit the information of the crime of corruption of Zvonkov A.O. to the URPI and to begin the pre-trial investigation. The head of the management oversight activities of the criminal investigative organ, R. Balaban, in violation of Article 214 of the Criminal Code of Ukraine, redirected the statement of the prosecutor of the Dnipropetrovsk region.
  2. Along with Ukrainian lawmaker E.V. Sobolev, appealed to the Prosecutor General of Ukraine, V. Shokin. Deputy Prosecutor General of Ukraine, Yulia Stolyarchuk, in a letter dated 11.11.2015, informed that an appeal was directed to the Dniproptrovskoyi and Poltava region prosecutors for consideration. Poltava region prosecutor, S. Popov, in a letter dated 11.18.2015, informed that following the results of the reviewed appeals, on 11.16.2015 information was submitted to the URPI (case №42015170000000366) concerning criminal charges against Zvonkov A.O. for the crime of illicit enrichment that falls under Part 2, Article 368-2 of the Criminal Code of Ukraine. In addition, acting head of the Dnipropetrovsk region prosecutor, M. Berezyuk, in a letter dated 27.11.2015, informed that following the results of the reviewed appeals, the prosecutors of the Dnipropetrovsk region, on 11.20.2015, also submitted information (case №42015040000000927) concerning criminal charges against Zvonok A.O. for the crime of illicit enrichment that falls under Part 3, Article 368-2 of the Criminal Code of Ukraine.
  3. Appealed to the Pechersk District Court of Kyiv with a complaint of the inaction of officials of the Prosecutor General of Ukraine, who received a statement of the crime, but made no submission of the information to the URPI. The investigative judge of the Pechersk District Court of Kyiv, on 11.09.2015, granted the appeal and ordered the responsible officials of the Prosecutor General of Ukraine to submit the information of the crime to the URPI that was formulated on 10.21.2015.
  4. Appealed to the Prosecutor General of Ukraine to provide an excerpt from the URPI to make a decision based on the particulars of the case from the Pechersk District Court of Kyiv. Prosecutor, M. Boiko from the Prosecutor General of Ukraine, in a letter dated 12.04.2015, reported that the GPO, on 11.30.2015, submitted the information to the URPI (№ 42015000000002676) about the crime committed in violation of Part 3, Article 368-2 of the Criminal Code of Ukraine and provided a copy of the excerpt.
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