15 July 2024,   00:16
Four persons were exposed, 3 of them were detained, on the facts of group embezzlement of a large amount of money, production and use of forged documents.

As a result of investigative activities carried out by the representatives of Investigation Service of the Ministry of Finance of Georgia, on the fact of misappropriation of large amount of money belonging to the state and to the five beneficiaries of the Rural Development Agency project – “Implement the future” and by manufacturing and using of forged official documents as a group, four persons were exposed and three of them were detained.

Investigation determined that the beneficiaries, received GEL 1 049 230 funding from the agency within the framework of the above-mentioned state project for the purchase of apple and almond seedlings. The beneficiaries transferred the abovementioned funds, together with the amount of their participation - GEL 700 758 to the company owned by the accused, which had to import the mentioned seedlings, arrange a well on certain plots of land, a drip irrigation system and gardens. Although, the head of the company and two of his employees, imported almond seedlings having value only GEL 617 205, and illegally appropriated the remaining GEL 1 132 783. In addition, the accused asked to manufacture 4 units of forged audit reports to one of the auditors, regarding the arrangement of the well, which they submitted to the Rural Development Agency to confirm the purposeful use of the received funds.

Investigation is being continued under the Articles 182 and 362 of the Criminal Code of Georgia, which envisage imprisonment from 7 to 11 years.