24.02.2020 | Abuses in the process of providing means of support to beneficiaries with musculoskeletal problems

On the basis of the letter addressed to the RA Prosecutor General by the RA Minister of Labor and Social Affairs within the framework of protecting state interests, studies were carried out in the Prosecutor's Office of Lori Region to identify the state of providing means of support for people with musculoskeletal problems on the basis of state certificates, as well as purposefulness and effectiveness of state funds in this direction.


During the study it was found out that on the basis of an agreement chosen as a result of the qualification procedure and concluded with the customer – the RA Ministry of Labor and Social Affairs, 2 organizations were obliged, on the basis of state certificates, by a Decree of the RA Government dated 10.09. 2015 N 1035-Ն to provide the beneficiaries with appropriate means of support, provide the funds to the beneficiary after the written consent of the latter, teach how to use them, at the same time undertaking the obligation to fulfill the duties envisaged by the agreement without prepayment.


Meanwhile, it was found out that the competent people of one of the indicated organizations initially out of the mercenary motives of theft of a significant amount of money, during October-November 2019, did not provide 3 beneficiaries with prosthetic, orthopedic and rehabilitation belongings, other technical support means, equivalent to the cost of the amount of state certificates.


And without providing them, they compiled, approved and presented to the customer-ministry false receipts, reports, acceptance-delivery acts, invoices, and thus misled the customer.


The competent authorities of another organization, again taking advantage of the possibility of an agreement concluded with the ministry with a view of theft of money, obtained poor-quality means of support, which, on the basis of state certificates provided within the framework of the funds provided by the state budget in March-April 2019 were given to 6 beneficiaries. Then, hiding from the beneficiaries and the customer the fact of poor quality of support means, they compiled, approved and presented to the customer false receipts, acceptance-delivery acts and other documents and thus misled the customer.


As a result, significant amounts of money were unreasonably transferred to the accounts of organizations that were stolen by law enforcement bodies with the use of their official position.


Taking into account that, as a result of the studies, data were obtained containing signs of theft of another's property, as well as falsification or use of documents, according to the above mentioned facts, in Prosecutor’s Office of Lori Region in accordance with Point 1.1 of Part 2 of Art. 178 and Part 1 of Art. 325 of the RA Criminal Code 2 criminal cases were initiated.


The preliminary investigation was entrusted to the RA IC.


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.