KRASNOYARSK, March 15 (Itar-Tass) —— The detectives and officers of the Federal Security Service have made searches at the ministry of industry and energy in the Krasnoyarsk Territory. The searches were made within the investigation into the criminal case over misappropriation of 29 million roubles, which were allocated to the Sibtyazhmash plant from the territorial budget as a subsidy to compensate for the expenses to purchase the equipment, the press service of the regional investigation department told Itar-Tass on Thursday.
During the searches the documents, which are important for further investigation, were confiscated.
“In 2009-2010 unidentified fraudsters produced in the territorial ministry of industry and energy false documents about the expenditures of the Sibtyazhmash plant for equipment production,” the press service said. “On the strength of these documents under the Krasnoyarsk territorial law for the state support to organizations in the machine-building industry in 2009-2010 a state support agreement was concluded and more than 29 million roubles were transferred to the accounts of the plant that the swindlers used at their own discretion,” the press service reported.
The criminal case was opened under Article 159 for fraud.
Meanwhile, the territorial ministry of industry and energy told Itar-Tass that the ministry disposed of the misappropriated funds, however, the Sibtyazhmash leadership was controlling their targeted use.
In the previous year the plant was found bankrupt, the production was suspended and bankruptcy proceedings were launched against the plant. Sibtyazhmash Director Pavel Lusnikov was found dead at the sauna in the summer of 2011.
According to official reports, alcohol poisoning caused his death.
The ministry noted that the search did not affect the work of the ministry. “The recent events are linked with the criminal case, which is being investigated against Sibtyazhmash. Since the minister acted as the main manager of state support funds to the enterprise, therefore, the law enforcement agencies are interested in the documents related to this criminal case. This is just another stage in the investigation,” the press service underlined.