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CPCB request to launch criminal prosecution in Daugavpils siltumtīkli case

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Corruption Prevention and Combating Bureau has sent materials in the so-called Daugavpils siltumtīkli case to the Prosecutor General’s office. These materials detail charges against seven persons for bribery of state officials, abuse of power and fraud.

Baltic news, News from Latvia, BNN.LV, BNN-NEWS.COM, BNN-NEWS.RUAs reported by CPCB, a number of criminal offences had been committed in relation with procurements performed by Daugavpils siltumtīkli.

According to documents provided to the Prosecutor General’s office, two of the businessmen involved in criminal offences had intentionally defrauded nearly EUR 850,000 from two municipal and three private companies in the years 2011 and 2012.

Proof acquired during the investigation allow CPCB investigators to believe that two of the involved businessmen, led by the desire to make money and supported by officials, had defrauded EUR 80,396 from Daugavpils municipal company Daugavpils siltumtīkli by providing broker services in an emission quotas deal.

Knowing that VAT is not applicable for the emission quotas contract, an official had performed falsification of documents, which resulted in losses worth EUR 58,022 to the municipal company. It was uncovered during the investigation that an official that was involved in Daugavpils siltumtīkli procurements was given a EUR 10,000 bribe.

Information from the criminal process materials shows that this group of persons had previously given mediators a bribe of EUR 120,000 to be given forward to an important official in Daugavpils City Council. This bribe was intended to provide a favourable decision for the aforementioned group, providing it an advantage in the procurement of Daugavpils siltumtīkli, which is a violation of regulations on fair competition.

The bribe that was intended for the official was partially claimed by mediators: each claimed EUR 30,000 for himself and the official was provided with EUR 60,000.

The amount of proof in this massive criminal process is enough for CPCB investigators to hold seven persons as suspects for committing a serious crime. This includes two officials of Daugava municipality, who are held suspect for bribery, abuse of power and support of fraud.

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