In Rostov Region, a former tax service officer accused of abuse of authority, to stand trial

The Main Investigative Department of the Investigative Committee of Russia completed the investigation of the criminal case against the former deputy head of the tax service for the Oktyabrsky district of Rostov-on-Don Alexander Skripnikov. He is accused of committing an offence under Part 3 of Article 285, Part 3 of Article 327 of the Criminal Code of Russia (abuse of office; use of a knowingly false passport).

The investigation found that in 2014, the former deputy head of the Federal Tax Service of Russia for the Oktyabrsky district of Rostov-on-Don Skripnikov abused his authority in the interests of his acquaintances-businessmen, with whose assistance two firms intended to obtain illegal refunds of value added tax. Thus, being fully aware that the desk audits of TekhnoTrade LLC conducted by the tax inspectors were fictitious and that the tax control measures indicated in the certificates and memos of the tax service had not been carried out, Skripnikov approved documents containing false information on the amount of value added tax that was to be refunded. On the basis of the materials approved by him the decision was made to reimburse the VAT in the claimed amounts. Thus, the representatives of TekhnoTrade LLC by fraudulent means embezzled from the budget of the Russian Federation more than 106 million rubles.

Under similar circumstances, Skripnikov coordinated the documentation in relation to LLC Technologiya in reimbursement of value added tax for the 2nd quarter of 2014 in the amount of more than 64 million rubles. However, the criminal actions were not completed due to their suppression by law enforcement officers.

Earlier, a court decision found three former employees of the same tax unit guilty of committing crimes under Part 3 of Article 285 and Part 2 of Article 292 of the Criminal Code, depending on the role of each. Three businessmen involved in the criminal scheme were convicted under Part 4, Article 159 of the Criminal Code (fraud). Four businessmen also accused of fraud are wanted.

After one of the already convicted had been detained, Skripnikov hid from the investigation agencies. While on the wanted list, he acquired, stored and used a knowingly false passport of a citizen of the Russian Federation. The accused was detained in May of the current year.

The investigation collected sufficient evidence, therefore the criminal case against Skripnikov was transferred to court to be considered on the merits.