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Law Enforcers Arrest Director Of Estonian Firm For Stealing Funds During Development Of Software For E-Declara

Law Enforcers Arrest Director Of Estonian Firm For Stealing Funds During Development Of Software For E-Declarations

Estonia, e-declaration, Law enforcers, software, Apolineja OU

Law enforcers have detained a citizen of Ukraine - Director of the Apolineja OU software development firm based in the Republic of Estonia suspected of embezzlement of funds during development of a program software (SW) for the system of electronic declarations.

Press Secretary of the Prosecutor General Larysa Sarhan wrote this on Facebook, Ukrainian News Agency reports.

According to the report, the director was detained at the Dnipro commercial airport late on Wednesday evening, November 22.

As investigators of the Kyiv Prosecutor's Office established, former director of the Miranda company Yurii Novikov signed a contract with the United Nations Development Progamme (UNDP) in accordance with which the Miranda undertook to develop computer software for the system of electronic declaration.

After receiving the funds from the UNDP, in order to dodge taxes, Novikov entered into a false contract with another firm - the Apolineja OU based in Estonia.

Novikov wired USD 140,000 received from the UNDP into a bank account of the Apolineja OU.

The court will decide on a restrictive measure for the suspect.

As Ukrainian News Agency earlier reported, on November 20, the Kyiv Prosecutor's Office approved opening a pre-trial investigation against Yurii Novikov, former director of the Miranda company that was a developer of the software for the system of electronic declarations, accused of avoiding payment of taxes.

It was established that the Miranda firm, not possessing a technical capacities to develop the required software, nonetheless won in the contest invited for the grant from the International Organization for Migration and UNDP for development of the software.

The director of the Miranda firm colluded with another director of the foreign company, and they both forged documents, agreements, acts of transfer and acceptance of work, and wired the funds received from the international organizations into the accounts of the foreign firm.

It was further established that the foreign firm had not performed any work on the development of the software and was used solely as a front company to wire and cash the money.

The software was developed by former students and employees of one of higher educational establishments of Ukraine (Kyiv) who claimed they had not been paid for their work.

As a result of the aforesaid scheme, the state was defrauded of the estimated UAH 1.5 million in taxes not paid by Novikov to the budget.

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