ArmInfo.The General Director of the group from the list of large taxpayers of Armenia is accused of giving a bribe in the amount of $ 22,401,000 to an official from the State Revenue Committee (SRC).
So, according to the statement of the National Security Service of the Republic of Armenia received by ArmInfo, within the framework of the criminal case under investigation about abuses by a number of high-ranking officials of the State Revenue Committee of the Republic of Armenia, factual evidence was obtained that a group of business entities, including the general director of the concern, included in the list of largest taxpayers in Armenia, gave a bribe in the amount of $ 22,401,000 to a person who held the post of head of the SRC and then Minister of Finance (Gagik Khachatryan - ed. note). The transfer of money occurred through the sons of an official. The purpose of the bribe is to provide patronage by the aforementioned official through his line of business, including not interfering of customs and tax bodies in the activities of the trading organizations of the aforementioned person, ensuring their unhindered operation, easing control by state supervisory services, and subject to the conditions for drawing up more favorable administrative acts.
In order to conceal the real origin of this money, at the initiative of the sons of the official, the aforementioned entrepreneur transferred the above amount to the accounts of non-resident organizations registered abroad and related to them during 2011, and to conceal the criminal nature of the transaction, two loan agreements were formally signed. The RA NSS noted that the director of the above economic entity was charged, and arrest was chosen as a measure of restraint.
The preliminary investigation is ongoing, all necessary measures are being taken to identify the entire chain of persons involved in criminal activity. As ArmInfo previously reported, on April 24 it became known about the detention of the General Director of Multi Group Concern LLC Sedrak Arustamyan, which was connected with the case being investigated by the NSS regarding the former head of the SRC Gagik Khachatryan. Arustamyan was charged under Article 315.1 of the RA Criminal Code (not stopping the unauthorized seizure of state or communal property, as well as not stopping the construction of unauthorized buildings, structures and not destroying illegal structures). The case concerns the construction of a hotel complex in the capital's Abovyan street in violation of the laws. In addition, Arustamyan, for tax evasion and money laundering, was charged as a defendant in a case of abuse during the construction of the North-South highway. Meanwhile, Gagik Khachatryan himself is accused of embezzlement on an especially large scale and abuse of office. Gagik Khachatryan and his relative Karen Khachatryan (former SRC employee), who is also involved in this case, were detained on August 27 last year. He was charged under Part 2 of Article 308 of the Criminal Code of the Republic of Armenia (Misappropriation or embezzlement of funds on an especially large scale) and part 2 of Article 308 of the Criminal Code of the Republic of Armenia (Abuse of official authority entailing reckless consequences.