In addition to Yli-Viikari, another director of the agency is suspected of aggravated abuse of office and breach of duty. Yli-Viikari was fired in the summer, another suspect has been arrested. Both have denied criminal suspicions.
Central Criminal Police (KRP) has completed a preliminary investigation into the former Director General of the National Audit Office (VTV) Tytti Yli-Viikarin criminal suspicions. The case then proceeds to the prosecution.
Yli-Viikari is suspected of aggravated abuse of office, payment instrument fraud and two breaches of duty.
The suspicion of aggravated abuse of office and breach of duty relates to an employment contract under which a VTV employee was paid two years’ salary without an obligation to work. The agreement was made by Yli-Viikari and the agency’s then administrative director Mikko Koiranen. The dog is also suspected of the same criminal titles.
The police investigation has also included the use of flight points accumulated during Yli-Viikari’s business trips. KRP suspects that Yli-Viikari has used the flight points for personal purposes. In this regard, he is suspected of fraudulent means of payment and breach of duty.
Yli-Viikari and Koiranen, who later became the agency’s General Counsel, were arrested in April for suspected crimes. At the end of June, the plenary session of Parliament dismissed Yli-Viikari. It considered that confidence in Yli-Viikari’s conditions and ability to serve as VTV’s CEO had, on the whole, had collapsed due to his actions.
Yli-Viikari and Koiranen have denied having committed any crimes. Yli-Viikari has appealed to the Helsinki Administrative Court about his suspension and dismissal. Koiranen has also complained about his suspension.
VTV’s its task is to verify, inter alia, the legality and appropriateness of the financial management of public authorities, businesses and funds. Parliament appointed Yli-Viikari to head the agency for five years from the beginning of 2016.
Yli-Viikarin Matkustelu had already made headlines earlier. KRP announced the start of the investigation after Iltalehti published in January stories about a strange employment contract for a VTV official and ambiguities related to Yli-Viikari’s flight points.
In February, the Parliamentary Audit Committee also began a study of VTV’s operations. In its report published in June, the committee considered that Yli-Viikari’s activities had significantly undermined confidence in the proper management of the agency’s own financial management and the functioning of internal control, and had damaged the agency’s public image.
The committee drew attention, among other things, to the shortcomings of the travel documents attached to the Director-General’s invoicing and to individual invoicing ambiguities.
The report also sought to find out how Yli-Viikari had used the benefits accruing from missions. Yli-Viikari refused to answer the committee’s questions. He considered that the information in the Finnair Plus account was personal.
The committee regretted Yli-Viikari’s silence and undermined the credibility of the Audit Office’s own activities.
“As CEO, he has also left it up to his subordinates to clarify the situation in public and to inform,” the report said.
With regard to the official’s employment contract, the Audit Committee referred to the December decision of the Parliamentary Ombudsman, in which the contract was found to be illegal.