Ukrainian businessman will be tried for illegal pork imports to Crimea

The Department of the investigative Committee in Crimea has finished investigation of criminal case concerning the former Deputy of the Odessa regional Council Nikolay Karpenko. Businessman accused of smuggling to the Crimea of pork amounting to more than 100 million rubles.

As told TASS in the Department, concerning the businessman criminal case under article 266.1 of the criminal code. His action was seen as “smuggling of strategic goods and resources.” According to investigators, the meat was brought across the border by an organized group from may to November 2014. The entrepreneur, according to the criminal code, could face up to 12 years of imprisonment.

“Businessman of Ukraine, acting within the organized group, with the assistance of customs officials, law enforcement bodies, inspectors and border veterinary control, presenting during the customs control of documents on movable goods containing false information, illegally moved across the customs border to enter from Ukraine to Russia of pork worth over 100 million roubles that is especially large size”, — told the Investigative Committee.

Karpenko also accused of bribery of a public official. Investigators believed that after the detection of the criminal scheme the businessman tried to bribe members of the FSB, offering them $30 thousand In the UK also noted that after Karpenko in the dock can be and the other band members, some of whom are law enforcement officers.

“Against members of the criminal group, which consisted of 9 people, including a police officer, two customs officers, two inspectors of the border veterinary surveillance, criminal case is allocated in separate production”, — said the interlocutor of the TASS. It was said that members of the alleged group were released on bail in the amount from 500 thousand to 2 million rubles and Another seven people suspected of involvement in the smuggling of meat, was declared wanted.

Karpenko until March 2014 he served as Deputy head of the fishery Agency of Ukraine. At the end of November 2014, he was detained at Domodedovo airport while trying to enter Russia from Ukraine. He was taken to Simferopol. At present the businessman is in custody.