Former Defense Ministry department head charged with large-scale fraud
MOSCOW, November 23 - RAPSI. Yevgenia Vasilyeva, the former head of the Defense Ministry's Property Relations Department, has been charged with involvement in the embezzlement of assets worth 360 million rubles ($11,560) belonging to Oboronservis holding subsidiaries, Investigative Committee spokesperson Vladimir Markin said on Friday.
Markin said the investigators have filed a motion on Vasilyeva's house arrest. Vasilyeva was charged with committing large-scale fraud and faces up to six years in prison.
It was announced in October that five fraud cases had been initiated on the sale of property, land and shares belonging to Oboronservis. Its losses exceeded 3 billion rubles ($96.3 million).
Investigators searched the department and the offices of affiliated bodies, seized documents and questioned employees. Three million rubles ($96,300), jewelry and antiques were also confiscated from Vasilyeva. Then-Defense Minister Anatoly Serdyukov was subsequently dismissed.
Markin said investigators earlier searched 18 cottages at the Federal Tax Service's health resort, where a number of Defense Ministry officials had lived for an extended period of time, including Serdyukov.
Previously, the court arrested former head of the Expert Legal Support Center Yekaterina Smetanova and her husband Maxim Zakutaylo, the former general director of an air force warehouse in the Moscow district.
Oboronservis comprises service companies involved in armaments and military vehicle repair and maintenance, construction materials and food production, power facilities operation, cartography and printing goods production, as well as housing services for military towns.