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Kyiv's Pechersk district court has arrested former head of the State Tax Service (2011-2012) and income and tax minister (2012 to 2014) Oleksandr Klymenko in absentia.

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The investigation has established that in 2012-2013, being part of a criminal organization led by [former President Viktor] Yanukovych, acting out of mercenary motives, through the implementation of the developed criminal plan and criminal scheme, Klymenko embezzled the state budget funds for a total amount of UAH 3.1 billion (US$123.1 million), i.e. on a large scale, through illegal reimbursement of VAT from the state budget to the accounts of three fictitious enterprises, according to the press service of Prosecutor General's Office of Ukraine.

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The lawyers of the suspect are getting acquainted with the materials of criminal proceedings.

A special pretrial investigation into the criminal proceedings against Klymenko was completed on April 21, 2017. The ex-minister is charged with Part 1 of Article 255, Part 4 of Article 28, Part 5 of Article 191, Part 1 of Article 366, and Part 2 of Article 205 of the Criminal Code (participation in the commission of a particularly serious crime against state property by a criminal organization, which caused grave consequences in the form of material damage to the state on a large scale, and a minor offense in the field of official activities).