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Tatevik Shahunyan

Criminal case on misappropriation  of 138 million drams sent by the  former mayor and 8 employees of the administration of the Hrazdan  mayor to the court

Criminal case on misappropriation  of 138 million drams sent by the  former mayor and 8 employees of the administration of the Hrazdan  mayor to the court

ArmInfo. A report was sent from the Kotayk Oblast Prosecutor's Office to the Kotayk Regional Investigation Department of the Investigative Committee of the  Republic of Armenia on the basis of an audit conducted in the Hrazdan  City Hall, according to which the head of the local government did  not organize the legitimate acceptance of property tax payments, and  the head of the relevant unit did not provide full input through his  property tax workers to the community budget.

In fact, on November 1, 2018, a criminal case was opened on the  grounds of part 2 of article 308, part 2 of article 315 and paragraph  1 of part 3 of article 179 of the RA Criminal Code, a preliminary  investigation of which was carried out in the investigation  department of Charentsavan of the IC of the RA.

The evidence obtained by an objective, complete and comprehensive  investigation carried out under proper prosecutorial control proved  that in 2015, from November 19 to November 21, a criminal corruption  scheme operated with the involvement of numerous officials in the  city of Hrazdan, through which a part of the sums was assigned,  collected through land tax and property tax, in especially large  amounts.

In particular, it was substantiated that the employees of the tax  department of the Hrazdan Municipality apparatus from 2015 to 2018.  when receiving property tax from the townspeople in one of the copies  of the payment, the real amount of the tax was entered, in the other,  which was intended for the mayor's office and the State Revenue  Committee, a smaller one. As a result, it was collected, but more  than 138 million drams were not received in the budget of the Hrazdan  administration.

The employees of the tax department of the city hall handed over the  funds collected but not directed to the city budget, the head of the  department, the latter personally or through his management informed  the head of the Hrazdan community Aram Danielyan about the amount of  money collected from him. The latter indicated to the head or deputy  of the tax department how much should be paid into the community  budget, and the remaining parts were distributed among individual  employees of the mayor's office or transferred personally to  Danielyan. As a result, the former mayor of Hrazdan received a total  of more than 102 million drams from taxes collected as a land tax and  property tax, and stole those funds by appropriation, inflicting  property damage on a particularly large scale to the Hrazdan  community.

On the basis of a sufficient combination of the evidence obtained,  Danielyan is accused on the grounds of clause 1 part 3 of article 179  of the Criminal Code of the Republic of Armenia.

The former head and deputy tax department of the mayor's office was  charged on the grounds of clause 1 of part 3 of article 179 and  clause 1 of part 3 of article 38-179 of the RA Criminal Code, and 6  employees of the same department - according to clause 1 of part 3 of  article 179 of the RA Criminal Code, or paragraphs 2 and 3 of part 2  of the same article. As a preventive measure, a recognizance not to  leave was applied to all.

The case against 9 people was sent to the court of first instance of  general jurisdiction of the Kotayk region. 

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