The Prosecutor’s Office stops ungrounded criminal proceedings regarding appropriation of property 

Prosecutor’s Office actions: Criminal proceedings against business initiated by the Prosecutor's Office Sumy region

Subject of complaint: Main Investigation Department of the Main Directorate of the National Police in Sumy Oblast (the National Police), the Prosecutor’s Office of Sumy Oblast (Prosecutor’s Office) 
Complaint in brief: On June 16, 2018, a manufacturer of cylinder liners for automobile and other internal combustion engines addressed the Council “Motordetail-Konotop”. The company complained about a groundlessly opened criminal case concerning appropriation of property. 
On January 12, the National Police initiated criminal proceedings against the company. The company was charged with illegal VAT refund worth UAH 5 mn. Law enforcers stated there were fictitious companies among company’s vendors and, consequently, it had no right to a VAT refund. 
Actions taken: The Council expressed its position on the subject of the Complaint in writing. In particular, the investigator stressed that SFS tax inspection certificates confirmed the correctness of VAT refund. 
The Council also appealed to the PGO with a request to check the grounds for criminal proceedings The parties met with the National Police representatives under the Memorandum on Cooperation. 
Result achieved: The Complainant informed the Council that the criminal proceedings had been closed due to absence of a crime. The case was successfully resolved. 

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