Ex-Dagestan official convicted of embezzlement faces corruption trial - prosecutors
MOSCOW, October 28 (RAPSI) - A former stand-in chairman of the government of Dagestan Abdusamad Gamidov, who was convicted of embezzlement on Monday, is also charged with several counts of corruption crimes, deputy chief of the Prosecutor General’s Office’s Department for Supervision over Investigation of Major Cases Sergey Bochkarev told RAPSI.
In particular, Gamidov is a defendant in bribery cases, he said.
Defense lawyer Eduard Isetsky in turn said that investigators reported a new criminal case against his client yet in December 2018. The case is related to the purchase of a TV and it has no future, according to the attorney.
On Monday, Moscow’s Lefortovsky District Court sentenced Gamidov to 6.5 years behind bars for embezzlement of 41 million rubles (over $640,000).
A former stand-in deputy prime minister Rayudin Yusufov was given 5.5 years in prison.
The court held that the defendants developed a criminal scheme to steal money and outlined roles; Gamidov had to use his job position to commit the crime.
According to investigators, Gamidov and Yusufov knew that reconstruction of a temporary holding facility for foreigners and people without citizenship is carried out by workers for cash. However, the defendants decided to hold a formal public auction in order to sign a state contract with the company GrandStroy, compile fake work completion certificates and receive an opportunity to transfer money to the company’s bank account for further embezzlement. From 2013 to 2014, they allegedly stole over 41 million rubles.
Gamidov and Yusufov were arrested on February 5, 2018. Searches were conducted at their premises; a gold pistol, two AK-47 Assault Rifles, ammunition and other weapons were seized, the Investigative Committee’s press service reported.