In November 2017, the PGO reported on another "unprecedented" confiscation as part of investigation of the "criminal scheme by Serhii Kurchenko". In fact, it turned out to be another soap bubble
of Yuriy Lutsenko.
The investigation ended up with conclusion of plea deal with straw men, and not with the beneficiary of the scheme - Kurchenko, who is suspected of using Odesa Oil Refinery Plant to evade taxes in particularly large amounts.
According to plea deal, oil products of Odesa Oil Refinery Plant were allegedly confiscated. However, at the time of decision on confiscation, oil products had already been sold, and money was transferred
to accounts of friends of the Narodnyi Front MP Pashynskyi. Following Lutsenko's loud pseudo-confiscation the state actually got a big fat nothing and real threat to pay off money for illegally confiscated plant and oil products.
Such exclusively "paper" confiscation became possible also thanks to
efforts of SAPO chief Nazar Kholodnytskyi.
In autumn 2016, NABU, upon Kholodnytskyi's approval, requested from Odesa Police the criminal proceeding regarding Kurchenko's scheme of illegal transshipment of petroleum products.
After studying the case, NABU detectives saw the prospect in it and requested SAPO, their procedural leaders, to determine the investigative jurisdiction for NABU. However, two times detectives received refusals signed by the prosecutor Olga Yarova.
In March 2017, she returned the case back to Odesa Police.
At that time, the prospect was to investigate not only Kurchenko's scheme, but also the scheme of embezzlement of material evidence after the arrest, namely petroleum products. Therefore, in January 2017, detectives opened the case regarding theft of petroleum products and 880 million UAH which were received by officials of the SE Ukrtransnaftoprodukt from their sale.
Today, due to the fact that Kholodnytskyi did not allow NABU to investigate the case properly, while the PGO conducted "pseudo-confiscation", we will be forced to pay for oil products stolen from us.