03.10.2019 | On the basis of forged documents, supposedly for state needs, property has been alienated for a price 3 times higher than the market value. Criminal case has been initiated

State Interests Protection Department of the RA Prosecutor General’s Office has  examined the documents received from the Ministry of Labor and Social Affairs of the Republic of Armenia regarding the alienation of public territory with 1719.96 sq/m at the address: Yerevan, Malatia-Sebastia, Tsitsernakaberd build. 1/2 N 296, as well as the land plot /0.1030 hectare / near that territory. Relevant information and documents have also been requested and received from the RA State Property Management Committee, the RA Cadastral Committee and the National Archives of Armenia SNCO to ensure the completeness of the study.

 

During the study it has been found out that for the establishment of the territorial center of comprehensive social services in Kentron administrative district of Yerevan city by a decree of the RA Government dated 09.11.2017, the RA State Property Management Committee and “D ...” CJSC have concluded settlement agreement. And for partial repayment of the obligation on the budget loan granted in September 2015 the public territory owned by the company by the right of ownership and the land plot near the territory have been alienated to the state for 1.240.423.000 AMD.

 

It has been found out that as a basis for the adoption of the mentioned decree of the RA Government and pricing of the above property has been taken the market value assessment report prepared by the appraiser of State Property Inventory and Assessment Agency SNCO and approved by the Director General. It is noteworthy that the report has been presented the day after the adoption of the decree of the RA Government. Moreover, according to the data received from the Ministry of Labor and Social Affairs of the Republic of Armenia during the mission to assist in the implementation of the World Bank program from April 25 to 26, 2019, the WB group has not considered it appropriate to establish the territorial center of comprehensive social service in that territory .

 

By order of the ministry in 2019 the estimation of the market value of the indicated property has been carried out and, according to the report, the market value of the territory and the land plot has amounted to 321.700.000 AMD, that is, 918.723.000 AMD lower.

 

Moreover, according to the data received from the RA Cadastral Committee from January to December 2017 territories on the 1st floor or other basement territories in the same building have been alienated for the cost from 162,000 to 217,000 AMD for 1 sq / m. Meanwhile, the indicated territory, which according to the cadaster is indicated as a basement, in November 2017 for the needs of the state, has been alienated for the cost of about 600.000 AMD for 1 sq / m.

 

These facts indicate that the data on the market value assessment report provided by the State Property Inventory and Assessment Agency SNCO do not correspond to reality. According to the data received from the National Archives of Armenia SNCO, the draft decision of the RA Government dated November 9, 2017, by which the alienation has been implemented, has been presented to the RA Government by the RA State Property Management Committee.

 

Thus, the responsible official of State Property Inventory and Assessment Agency SNCO with the use of official position has approved a false document - a report on the assessment of market value. On the basis of this, false data have been submitted by the responsible officials of the RA State Property Management Committee. As a result, real estate with a market value of about 321.700.000 AMD, supposedly for state needs, has been alienated to the state for 1.240.423.000 AMD.

 

Taking into account that in the course of the study factual data containing corpus delicti have been revealed State Interests Protection Department of the RA Prosecutor General’s Office has initiated a criminal case under Part 2 of Art. 308 and Part 1 of Art. 314 of the RA Criminal Code.

 

The preliminary investigation has been instructed to the RA Investigative Committee.

 

Notice: Every person suspected in or charged with a criminal offense shall be presumed innocent unless proved guilty in the manner prescribed by the RA Criminal Procedure Code and unless the verdict comes into legal force.

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