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Former head of State Fiscal Service of Ukraine Nasirov released on bail of UAH 55 mln

24 May , 2024  

Bail of UAH 55 million 592 million was set for former head of the State Fiscal Service of Ukraine (SFS) Roman Nasirov on Friday in a criminal case under Article 368, paragraph 4 of the Criminal Code of Ukraine (acceptance of an offer, promise or receipt of an unlawful benefit by an official).

This is reported on the website of the High Anti-Corruption Court (HACC) without specifying the name of the former official.

“Now the accused is subject to procedural obligations: to appear in court when summoned, and if it is impossible to appear in court within a certain period of time, to notify the court in advance; not to leave Kyiv without the permission of the court; to notify the court of a change of residence; to refrain from communicating with persons specified in the court order; to deposit all their passports of a citizen of Ukraine for traveling abroad, service passports, other documents entitling them to leave Ukraine and enter Ukraine, documents entitling them to enter Ukraine, as well as other documents entitling them to leave Ukraine and enter Ukraine, etc. with the relevant state authorities,” the statement said.

The term of office is until July 7, 2024.

The HACC reminded that the former head of the SFS had been held in custody since October 31, 2022.

As reported, in May 2023, the anti-corruption authorities transferred the case on bribery charges against Nasirvoa to the HACC.

During 2015-2016, the Head of the State Fiscal Service of Ukraine received over UAH 722 million in unlawful benefits in his favor and in favor of third parties for actions related to securing VAT refunds to legal entities controlled by the owner of the agricultural holding in the amount of over UAH 3.2 billion.

According to the investigation, the provision of the illegal benefit in foreign currency (USD 5.5 million and EUR 21 million) was carried out using a number of companies registered abroad that belonged to the owner of one of the agricultural holdings, and its receipt by the official was carried out using non-resident companies controlled directly by the Head of the SFS, his advisor and other persons related to him by family relations.

According to the Specialized Anti-Corruption Prosecutor’s Office, the suspects also engaged other intermediary companies registered outside Ukraine to transfer funds between the above legal entities under the guise of lending and receiving loans or supplying products. At the same time, part of the funds of such unlawful benefit was formed directly from the funds of the budgetary VAT refund converted into foreign currency.

The actions of the former Head of the SFS of Ukraine are qualified under Part 4 of Art. 368 of the Criminal Code of Ukraine, and his advisor – under Part 5 of Art. 27, Part 4 of Art. 368 of the Criminal Code of Ukraine.

In June 2023, HACC judges canceled the decision to reduce Nasirov’s bail from UAH 523 million to UAH 107 million.

In September of the same year, the HACC released Nasirov from criminal liability for forgery due to the expiration of the statute of limitations, but the charge of abuse of office remains.