Former MP Valeriy Patskan charged with unlawful rent compensation

24 October 2022, 06:58 PM
Former MP Valeriy Patskan (Photo:Valeriy Patskan/Facebook)

Former MP Valeriy Patskan (Photo:Valeriy Patskan/Facebook)

Valeriy Patskan, a former Ukrainian MP, has been charged by Ukrainian anti-corruption agencies for illegally receiving compensation for housing, the press service of the Specialized Anti-Corruption Prosecutor's Office (SAPO) reported on Facebook on Oct. 24. 

According to the law enforcers, from September 2017 to March 2018, the then-MP received compensation for rent, despite having his own apartment in Kyiv. It was established that he unlawfully received more than UAH 117,000 ($3,184) from the state budget.

The case was opened under Part 1 Art. 364 of the Criminal Code of Ukraine (abuse of power that caused substantial damage).

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The sanction of the article provides for punishment in the form of imprisonment for up to three years with deprivation of the right to hold certain positions or engage in certain activities for up to three years, with a fine of 250 to 750 tax-free minimum incomes.

While SAPO did not name the official, activists of the fair governance Chesno movement said on Telegram that it was Valeriy Patskan. He is said to own an apartment in a new building in the Pechersk district of the Ukrainian capital.

Activists note that a problem in this case may be that its statute of limitations expires in March 2023, as Patskan is charged with a minor crime.

Since March 2018, Patskan has been the Chairman of the Accounting Chamber of Ukraine, Ukraine’s highest auditing body.

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