Head of Ukraine’s tax service received a record €21m bribe

The head of the Ukrainian State Fiscal Service (SFS) received a bribe of more than €21 million, the National Anti-Corruption Bureau of Ukraine (NABU) said.

According to NABU, the head of the State Fiscal Service of Ukraine received more than 21 million euros for reimbursement of value added tax to companies of agricultural holding companies. Figurants of the criminal case were two cronies of the ex-head of the fiscal service of the country.

The NABU specified that in 2015-2016, a person close to the head of the SFS helped the head of the tax service to receive more than 13 million euros to the accounts of a company controlled by him, registered in the British Virgin Islands. After legalisation, the funds were used to buy an unfinished housing and office complex. The perpetrators continued the construction of the facility and began to receive additional income from it. A total of 81 real estate objects were purchased with the legalised funds.

“Another part of the unlawful benefit in the amount of 7.9 million euros, which was in the accounts of another controlled non-resident company (British Virgin Islands), was legalised by an advisor to a top official. 5.5 million US dollars he laundered by entering into an agency agreement in January 2017. And in April-August 2018 – another 2.8 million euros as payment under sale and purchase agreements”, – stated in the Department.

We will remind, earlier the former deputy head of the office of the President of Ukraine Andriy Yermak Kirill Timoshenko was appointed as an adviser to the Minister of defence Rustem Umerov. According to Ukrainian media reports, Tymoshenko may figure in a series of major corruption scandals, one of the biggest of which is embezzlement at the Big Construction.