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ArcelorMittal Kryvyi Rih's non-cash funds seized only within amount of likely damage caused – PGO

KYIV. Jan 6 (Interfax-Ukraine) – The petition of the Prosecutor of the Office of the Prosecutor General, who seized non-cash funds on separate accounts of PJSC ArcelorMittal Kryvyi Rih, concerns only funds recognized as material evidence in criminal proceedings and within the amount of the established probable damage, the Prosecutor General’s Office reported to Interfax-Ukraine on Wednesday.

"According to materials of the criminal proceedings, it was established that no deductions were made from these accounts for the payment of taxes, fees and other obligatory payments, as well as for the payment of wages," the agency was told.

It is noted that within the framework of the specified criminal proceedings, the current financial director – the chief accountant of the enterprise in November 2021 was informed about the suspicion of committing official forgery and deliberate tax evasion on an especially large scale.

"According to the investigation, the suspect has made deliberately false information in the declaration on rent for the use of subsoil for the extraction of mineral deposits of iron ores, thereby avoiding paying rent payments to the budget in the amount of over UAH 2.24 billion. Criminal acts and the corresponding amount of damage to the state have been confirmed by the findings of a comprehensive forensic examination," the Prosecutor General’s Office reports.

They add that a petition for the arrest of the company’s accounts was filed by the prosecutor in order to compensate for the damage caused to the budget of Ukraine and to ensure a special confiscation.

The PGO clarifies that all procedural actions take place exclusively within the framework of the current legislation and within criminal proceedings.

"The Office of the Prosecutor General always consistently defends the interests of investors, but, above all, it protects the law," the Prosecutor General’s Office said.

Earlier, the company ArcelorMittal Kryvyi Rih reported that the Office of the Prosecutor General of Ukraine, together with the Shevchenkivsky court in Kyiv, on January 4 blocked funds on all accounts of the enterprise.

According to a press release from the company on Wednesday, representatives of the Prosecutor General’s Office appealed to Ukrainian banks with a requirement to comply with the court’s decisions on seizing the company’s accounts on November 30, 2021.