A Ukrainian citizen, suspected of embezzling $1.17 million from Ukraine’s Ministry of Defence, was apprehended in Athens, Greece. The individual, whose identity remains undisclosed, was reportedly detained in Athens on November 13th.
The arrest is the result of an investigation that uncovered the suspect’s collaboration with others in diverting funds. It is reported that the suspect served as the director of a company during the period in question.
From March 2nd to May 10th of the previous year, the suspect purportedly appropriated funds that a company had received as an advance payment for military procurement from Ukraine’s Defense Ministry. At that time, the suspect collaborated with other individuals in the scheme, as indicated by the Ukrainian Prosecutor General’s Office.
Formal charges were filed against the individual on July 12, 2022. Furthermore, on November 6, 2023, the Prosecutor General’s Office of Ukraine formally requested that Greek authorities detain and temporarily arrest the suspect.
Ukraine also requested Interpol to issue a red notice for the suspect. Consequently, the Athens Court of Appeal carried out the temporary arrest.
Currently, the suspect is in temporary detention in Greece, and the process for extradition is underway, according to Ukrainian media.
Source: Greek Reporter