Former Kuznetsk vice-mayor to spend 28 months in penal colony for kiosk fraud
Kuznetsk, 27 May 2016. PenzaNews. Alexei Dodonov, former deputy head of the Kuznetsk administration in the Penza region, was found guilty in attempted fraud and abuse of office, and sentenced to 2.5 years in general security penal colony.
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The sentenced for the former official was announced by the Kuznetsk area court on Friday, May 27.
During the process, the case was reclassified from Paragraph V, Part 5, Art 290 of the Criminal Code “Taking a Bribe” and Part 1, 169 of the Criminal Code “Intervention vith Legal Business and Other Activities” to Part 3, Art. 30, and Part 3, Art 159 of the Criminal Code (attempted fraud) on request of the prosecutor, the court representative Marina Timonina informed PenzaNews.
The sentence is yet to enter into force, and will likely be appealed, she added.
Alexei Dodonov’s crime was uncovered by the regional branch of the Investigative Committee and the Ministry of the Interior financial crime and corruption prevention department.
“The court and investigation found that the deputy head of Kuznetsk administration in September 2015 received a request from a businessman, who was his friendly acquaintance. The businessman asked for help to win the auction on installation of food and non-food kiosks within the city. The convict deceived the businessman by saying that he will allegedly aid the issue for a reward of 200,000 rubles: he asked for an advance payment of 25,000 rubles to be given to him through third parties, with the rest of the sum to be given after the alleged deed would be done,” Lyudmila Fomina, senior assistant of the head of the regional Investigative Committee for media relations, told PenzaNews.
As “PenzaNews” agency reported earlier, on 11 November 2015, the deputy head of the Kuznetsk city administration Alexei Dodonov had been detained whilst taking a bribe, and faced a criminal case under paragraph C, Part. 5, Art. 290 of the Criminal Code, “Taking a Bribe.”
Soon after, the public learned that Alexei Dodonov was discharged from his office under Part 3, Art 77 of the Labor code on November 11 – the day of detention.
In a comment for “PenzaNews” agency, the mayor of Kuznetsk Sergei Zlatogorsky said his deputy showed negative tendencies before the incident. According to him, Alexei Dodonov was already in the process of being laid off before getting caught red-handed, due to serious allegations against him.
In December 2015, Alexei Dodonov faced another criminal case – this time under Part 1, Art. 169 of the Criminal Code, “Obstruction of Legal Business or Other Activity.”
On 1 February 2016, the criminal case against the former vice-mayor was transferred to the Kuznetsk area court.