No more pressure of law enforcement officials on natural products producer
Complainee: State Tax Service (STS), Investigations Department of Financial Investigations of the Main Department of the State Fiscal Service (ID FI)
Complaint in brief: The Council received a complaint from a natural products producer from Kharkiv region which complained about the pressure on the part of law enforcement officials. The enterprise appeared in the pre-trial investigation of circumstances of other company’s bankruptcy due to takeover of the property by its employees. As a result, the part of assets and the staff of the company transferred to the complainant – at this point turbulent times began for the enterprise: numerous interrogations of employees, requests for existing and non-existing business and financial documentation. The investigation lasted for three years, but the law enforcement officials did not take the final decision in the case. Furthermore, the investigation authority incidentally changed the classification of the criminal offence. The natural products producer itself appealed to all possible authorities and demanded to stop groundless pressure on its activity, but unsuccessfully. At this stage, the Council commenced the investigation.
Actions taken: The investigator examined the case file and acknowledged the complaint was substantiated. The Council asked the STS and the ID FI to finally take a decision in the criminal proceeding. Therefore, law enforcement officials intensified the investigation.
Results achieved: The investigation authority decided to close the criminal proceeding in the case that touched upon the fate of our complainant. The natural products producer thanked the Council for help. The case was closed.