In Orenburg Region, two members of local authorities jailed for grand fraudulent stealing of budget funds

A court has recognized the evidence gathered by the Orenburg Region Office of the Investigative Committee sufficient to convict two 50-year-old local residents – CEO of OOO Sol-Iletsk Grain Elevator Andrei Gavrikov and financial director of the same company Vladimir Ulankov who are also members of local authorities in Tashla District, Orenburg Region. They were found guilty of a fraud committed using their positions and on a very large scale under Part 4 of Article 159 of the RF Penal Code.

The court and investigators have revealed that between 2010 and 212, Gavrikov and Ulankov filed with the Orenburg Region Ministry for Agriculture, Food and Recycling Industry documents of OOO Sol-Iletsk Grain Elevator which contained false information that it had reasons to get subsidies to pay investment loan interests. More than 20 million rubles was transferred without sufficient ground to the enterprise from the federal and regional budgets. In addition, in 2011, the accused submitted to inter-district tax inspectorate No 5 in Orenburg Region documents containing false information that the enterprise had reasons to be compensated for VAT. Following a tax audit, OOO Sol-Iletsk Grain Elevator got more than 15 million rubles in compensation for the tax. During a preliminary and judicial inquiry Gavrikov and Ulankov denied all the charges.

The investigators did a huge amount of work, ran complex construction, accounting, economic inquiries, interrogated more than 70 witnesses, including those from other regions. The case has more than 20 files.

It should be noted that the crimes were revealed and solved in cooperation with the economic security and corruption department of the Orenburg Region Office of the Interior Ministry.

The court has sentenced Ulankov to 5 years in prison and a fine of 400 thousand rubles, Gavrikov to 4 years in prison and a fine of 200 thousand rubles. In addition, the court ruled that the two men have to pay more than 35 million rubles to compensate the damage caused to the state. The accused are being kept in custody.