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Ukrainian police searches enterprises suspected of embezzling public funds - PG

Ukrainian police searches enterprises suspected of embezzling public funds - PGSeveral dozen raids are under way enterprises incorporated into PJSC Ukrgazvydobuvannia on Monday as part of criminal investigations, Prosecutor General Yuriy Lutsenko has said.

"A number of investigative actions on suspicion of money laundering are under way today... Several dozen searches are on across Ukraine. We've got a half-page list of enterprises, including bogus ones, suspected of embezzling public funds on a large-scale basis," he said at a press conference in Kyiv on Monday.

Lutsenko mentioned that no specific names will be mentioned. He said, there are "legal entities and amounts of possibly embezzled funds."

Ukrgazvydobuvannia said earlier on Monday that raids were being held at its enterprises.

"According to the [court] orders presented to Ukrgazvydobuvannia's security service, it appears that the searches are related to an investigation in cases dated to 2012-2014," the company said.

Ukrgazvydobuvannia also said that agents from the Prosecutor General's Office do not block the premises, do not remove computers and telecoms means, as the company's employees assist in investigators' work. At the same time, the searches are not conducive to the company's routine work related to documents and agreements with counterparties, it said.
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