25 Feb 2021
Ukraine said three former senior managers at the country’s biggest bank are suspects in a $5.5 billion fraud, signaling efforts to bring criminal liability in the long-standing probe may be intensifying.
The case is a litmus test of President Volodymyr Zelenskiy’s willingness to crack down on corruption that’s dogged the ex-Soviet republic since the fall of communism. Privatbank’s previous owners — tycoons Igor Kolomoisky and Gennady Bogolyubov — are fighting legal efforts by the government to recoup bail-out cash in several jurisdictions. They deny wrongdoing.
Prosecutors on Tuesday named former Chief Executive Officer Oleksandr Dubilet along with his first deputy, Volodymyr Yatsenko, as suspects in the embezzlement of 136 million hryvnia ($4.8 million) in 2016 — the year Privatbank was nationalized following the discovery of a huge hole in its balance sheet.
By Volodymyr Verbyany and Daryna Krasnolutska, Bloomberg, 23 February 2021
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