MOSCOW, October 9 (RAPSI) – Investigators have completed their probe into Marina Dyukova, an alleged accessory of Russia’s Federal Penitentiary Service’s (FSIN) ex-deputy chief Oleg Korshunov to embezzlement, the Investigative Committee’s spokesperson has told journalists.

Dyukova is charged with assistance in large-scale embezzlement.

Investigators claim that Dyukova conspired with Korshunov and another FSIN official Svetlana Alekseyeva to steal budget money allocated for centralized purchase of sugar for penitentiary facilities in 2016.

According to investigation, Alekseyeva included certainly impracticable demands of supplies of more than 7,000 tons of sugar to penitentiary facilities across Russia within 20 days in tender product purchase documentation. Dyukova in turn allegedly submitted to the FSIN commercial proposals on sugar delivery at overvalued prices by companies affiliated to her and not engaged in sugar supplies.

As a result of an illegal auction, Korshunov acting on behalf of the Federal Penitentiary Service signed a sugar delivery contract with Dyukova’s firm at an inflated price. Korshunov paid Dyukova over 399 million rubles ($6 million), 43 million (about $650,000) of which were stolen by the accomplices, the Investigative Committee’s statement reads.

Investigation into Korhunov and other defendants is completed too.  Korshunov is also a defendant in several other criminal cases.

Korshunov was appointed to the post of FSIN deputy head in March 2014. He has been bestowed the rank of Full State Counsellor 2nd Class of the Russian Federation. In October 2017, President Vladimir Putin relieved him of the post.