The Prosecutor General's Office (PGO) of Ukraine has completed a pre-trial investigation into the UAH 3.1 billion (US$127.3 million) embezzlement by former head of the State Tax Service (2011-2012) and income and tax minister (2012 to 2014) Oleksandr Klymenko.
A notice on the completion of the pretrial probe was posted on the PGO website.
It is noted Klymenko has the right to study and copy materials from the case. To do so, the suspect must report to the PGO's Chief Military Prosecutor's Office.
As UNIAN reported earlier, Kyiv's Pechersk district court on August 19 ruled to remand Klymenko in custody, in absentia.
The investigation 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 state budget funds for a total amount of UAH 3.1 billion (US$127.3 million), i.e. on a large scale, through illegal reimbursement of VAT from the state budget to the accounts of three fictitious enterprises.
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 inflicted grave consequences in the form of material damage to the state on a large scale).