Convict in Defense Ministry fraud case seeks parole
MOSCOW, June 3 (RAPSI) - Irina Yegorova, one of the convicted defendants in the Oboronservis embezzlement case, has filed a parole application with a court in the Vladimir Region, her lawyer Yuri Gervis told RAPSI on Friday.
She had already served over half of her sentence. The colony administration gave an upbeat assessment of Yegorova, the attorney said.
Yegorova has been sentenced to 48 months in prison. Later the Moscow City Court reduced her prison term to 46 months.
The Oboronservis criminal case was opened in 2012 after a major embezzlement scheme inside the Defense Ministry was revealed. This resulted in the dismissal of Defense Minister Anatoly Serdyukov.
Under the scheme, the accomplices, led by former Defense Ministry official Yevgeniya Vasilyeva, allegedly sold facilities owned by the Defense Ministry at undervalued prices through Oboronservis companies and several other private companies. The embezzled funds amounted to 3 billion rubles ($45 mln). The deals were closed as part of a major Defense Ministry reform program that was to close unnecessary facilities and functions.
However, over the trial, the damage was reduced by two-thirds to 1 billion rubles ($15 mln). The judge ruled that investigators submitted questionable expert opinions.
Vasilyeva was sentenced on May 8 to five years in prison for fraud, money laundering and abuse of office. Four of her accomplices were sentenced to prison terms ranging from 36 to 51 months. In late August 2015, a court in the Vladimir Region released Vasilyeva on parole.