The panel of judges of the VAKS approved the plea agreement concluded between the prosecutor of the Specialized Anti-Corruption Prosecutor’s Office and the Poltava mayor Oleksandr Mamai. This was reported by the press service of the SAP on Thursday, March 2.
“According to the above agreement, the court found the mayor guilty of organizing the embezzlement of property by abusing his official position, as well as organizing the introduction of deliberately false information into official documents, which ultimately caused more than UAH 570,000 of damage to the local budget, that is, of committing crimes provided for in Part 3 of Article 27, Part 4 of Article 191 and Part 3 of Article 28, Part 1 of Article 366 of the Criminal Code of Ukraine,” the message says.
It is indicated that, as part of the pre-trial investigation, it was established that the mayor, in collusion with the director and accountant of the municipal organization Institute for City Development, hired two people who did not actually do work at the enterprise, but carried out housekeeping in the house of the mayor and his close circle.
“In order to pay salaries to the indicated persons, officials of the municipal organization entered inaccurate information in the timesheets, which ultimately led to the assignment of the local budget for more than half a million hryvnia in losses,” the SAP said.
In view of the fact that the mayor of the city compensated for the damage, fully admitted his guilt and sincerely repents, the court sentenced him to five years in prison with deprivation of the right to hold positions related to organizational and administrative or administrative and economic functions for a period of 1 year. On the basis of Article 75 of the Criminal Code of Ukraine, the court released the person from punishment with a probationary period of 1 year.
“In addition, under the terms of the agreement, the mayor undertakes to transfer 2 million hryvnias to the United 24 Fund for the joint project of the General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, the State Special Communications Service and the Ministry of Digital Transformation – Army of Drones,” anti-corruption officials pointed out.
Other defendants in this case, namely two executors and two accomplices in embezzlement, also pleaded guilty and entered into agreements with the prosecutor, which were also approved by the court.
“In accordance with the agreement, they were sentenced to five years in prison with a probationary period of 1 year and deprivation of the right to hold positions related to organizational and administrative or administrative and economic functions for a period of 1 year. The verdict can be appealed on appeal within 30 days from the date of its announcement by filing an appeal with the VAKS Chamber of Appeal,” the SAP concluded.