Ukrainian Security Service State revealed UAH 9m theft of funds allocated to children hospital
Officers of the Security Service of Ukraine have discovered the theft committed by officials and businessmen amounted to more than UAH 9 million in the National Children's Specialized Okhmatdyt Hospital in Kyiv.
As the press center of the security service reported on Thursday, this specialized state-owned company received budget funds to purchase medical equipment and build the children's hospital. High officials made a deal with a private commercial structure to achieve the objectives. Law enforcers have found that businessmen artificially inflated the cost of equipment and works by UAH 9.2 million, the statement said.
During searches in the offices and at places of residence of six defendants of the case, one of which is an acting official, SBU agents and police seized documents, seals and other evidence of public funds embezzlement allocated to the children's hospital, the SBU said.
A criminal investigation was opened pursuant to article 364, part 2 (abuse of power or position, resulting serious consequences) and article 191, part 5 (misappropriation, embezzlement of property or their seizure by malpractice in especially large sizes) of the Criminal Code of Ukraine. The investigation is underway.