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01.04.2021 | Corruption abuses in Shirak region, criminal cases were initiated

As a result of the coordinated work of the law enforcement agencies of the Shirak region, the operational-search measures and the proper prosecutor's supervision over the legality of procedural actions, the fight against corruption is being carried out in the region, new cases of corruption abuses are revealed.

 

In particular, the RA National Security Service received operational data that with a view to obtain a work permit in "Artik Territorial Center for Psychoeducational Support" SNCO, individuals received state diplomas from a particular university for 700.000 AMD.

 

In this regard, materials were prepared in the Division of Kumayri of the RA Police. Data were received that 4 employees (3 psychologists and the Head of the Division) of the "Artik Territorial Center for Psychoeducational Support" SNCO in the period from 2018 to 2019 were issued diplomas in the specialty "Psychology" from the production cooperative "N" operating in Gyumri. Meanwhile, according to the data obtained in the course of preparing the materials, these people did not participate in the educational process at the said institution.

 

Regarding the case, a criminal case was initiated in the Prosecutor's Office of Shirak region under Parts 1, 3 of Art. 200 and Part 1 of Art. 214 of the RA Criminal Code.

 

In addition, as a result of joint measures taken by the employees of the Division of Kumayri of Shirak Regional Department of the Department for Combating Corruption and Economic Crimes of the RA Criminal Police, data were received that under the pretext of receiving medical care in the "Austrian Hospital of Mother and Child of Gyumri City" various children were fictitiously registered in the hospital, whereby a particularly large sum was stolen.

 

More than 6 dozen parents gave explanations that their children in 2020 on different days were transferred to the indicated medical center for medical assistance, where, after examining the child and prescribing medications by the doctors, they returned home on the same day.

 

Thus, according to the data obtained in the course of the preparation of the materials, officials of the "Austrian Hospital of Mother and Child of Gyumri City" CJSC forged an official document and submitted it for payment through the unified electronic health information system of the Republic of Armenia “ARMED”, as a result of which 8 million AMD were stolen from the RA.

 

On the fact of the case, the Prosecutor's Office of Shirak region initiated a criminal case under Point 1 of Part 3 of Art. 178 and Part 1 of Art. 314 of the RA Criminal Code.

 

It should be noted that by the Prosecutor's Office of Shirak region, with a view to consider the issue of initiating a claim for the protection of state interests, on 03.03.2021 a study was initiated to carry out in the "Austrian Hospital of Mother and Child of Gyumri City" CJSC.

 

In another case, on the basis of data obtained in the result of operational-search measures as part of the preparation of materials in the Police Division of Ani, it was found out that in the period of 2012-2017 according to the minutes of various meetings in the municipality of the Dzitankov community of Shirak region, the amount from 75.000 to 350.000 AMD was regularly allocated. While these persons either fully or partially did not receive this sum of money, many did not apply at all for receiving social assistance, and in some cases, although they applied and received 1-2 times, however they were unaware of some other allocations by their names. In general, during 2012-2017 from the rural community of Dzitankov, an amount of 1.790.000 AMD was allocated as an aid, which was appropriated by the use of official position.

 

Regarding this a criminal case was initiated in the Prosecutor’s Office of Shirak region under Point 1 and Point 3 of Part 2 of Art. 179 of the RA Criminal Code.

 

The preliminary investigation of the mentioned cases is instructed to the Regional Investigative Department of Shirak of 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.