MOSCOW, September 18 (RAPSI) – Prosecutors sought a sentence of 10 years in jail for ex-lawmaker of St. Petersburg’s Legislative Assembly Svetlana Nesterova involved in a 4.8-million-ruble ($71,000) corruption case, the United press service of St. Petersburg courts told RAPSI on Tuesday.
Moreover, the Krasnogvardeysky District Court was asked to fine the former MP 10 million rubles (about $150,000). Defense in turn demanded to acquit the woman.
Sentencing of Nesterova is set for September 25.
According to the Investigative Committee, from June 2013 to December 2014, Nesterova organized embezzlement of budget funds allocated for reimbursement of two non-governmental organizations’ expenditures for performance of social programs for senior citizens and people with disabilities. Investigators claim that she involved her assistants Vera Shishkina and Tatyana Kitova as well as the organizations’ director Svetlana Gasanova in the crime.
Instructed by Nesterova, Shishkina, Kitova and Gasanova provided the Social Policy Committee of St. Petersburg, the chief controller of monetary grants, with false information on the scope and cost of services rendered upon social programs, the case papers read.
Therefore, the accomplices stole budget funds, 4.8 million rubles of which were funneled to then lawmaker Nesterova.
Kitova, Shishkina and Gasanova pleaded guilty. They received a 4-year suspended sentence each for complicity in embezzlement.