The deputy head of the Southern Customs Administration, Alexander Skripkin, was detained on suspicion of embezzling 85 million rubles in the execution of a state contract. This was reported by TASS in the press service of the Investigative Committee of Russia.
“On suspicion of embezzlement of budgetary funds in the amount of about 85 million rubles during the implementation of the state contract for the purchase of an administrative building, the deputy head of the Southern Customs Directorate and the founder of a commercial organization were detained,” the Investigative Committee reported.
A law enforcement source noted that the investigation will ask for the arrest of Skripkin.
According to the investigation, in 2018, officials of the Southern Customs Administration during an electronic auction overstated the initial contact price for the purchase of a building. This gave an advantage to the entrepreneur, who also became involved in the case. A state contract was signed with him for a total amount of over 253 million rubles, but in the end it turned out that the cost of the acquired property was overstated by about 85 million rubles.
A criminal case was initiated against the defendants under Part 4 of Article 159 of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation (“Fraud”).
Rane, the Federal Customs Service (FCS) uncovered the illegal movement of 80 thousand tons of oil to Ukraine. According to the investigation, the captain of the tanker Altai loaded oil in the port of Novorossiysk, indicating that it was going to the Italian port of Augusta. However, leaving the territory of Russia, he went to the Ukrainian port of Yuzhny, where he unloaded contraband worth two billion rubles.
In June, the Federal Customs Service (FCS) opened an administrative case against the Russian subsidiary of IKEA, which believes that from 2017 to 2020, the company understated the amount of license fees in its declarations and provided incorrect estimates of the cost.