2018 September 5

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Anti-Corruption Daily

Anti-Corruption 9/5/2018: 🔥 Huge 10-year long corruption worth AMD 23.5bln uncovered in North-South Highway project;🔥 two more mayors down (one as bad as "tushonka"); 🔥NSS audits the police and finds employee stole AMD 110mln; 🔥 State Oversight Committee delivers MAJOR LEAGUE 🔥(MORE BELOW)🔥
by ar_david_hh

Disclaimer: All the accused are innocent until proven guilty by the court of law, even if they may sound as being guilty. Currency in Armenian Drams ֏ unless specified otherwise.


A massive AMD 23.5bln corruption and abuse of power is uncovered in North-South highway construction case, committees by various officials between 2009-2018. The officials are accused of improperly changing contracts, adding unnecessary work (common practice by corrupt officials who want to embezzle the extra money), paying multiple times higher than the standard for a particular work, failure to check the quality of the asphalt, wasting resources. The case is submitted to the prosecutor’s office. https://armenpress.am/arm/news/946100/ --- VIDEO https://youtu.be/5F9xiP2Hny4?t=71

ANOTHER TUSHONKA-MAYOR DOWN, x TO GO. The former mayor of Aygepar is accused of stealing a donated money that was meant to be used for creating a playground for a kindergarten. He built one on his backyard instead. A computer, printer, water pump, salaries, construction materials for various buildings including roof repair were stolen. He auctioned the state-issued vehicle to his relative then took the money and continued to drive it; stole lots of fuel. Stole a tractor too. (allegedly) https://armlur.am/836779/ ----- VIDEO https://youtu.be/5F9xiP2Hny4?t=858

NSS audits a police department and finds that the employees abused their power to embezzle AMD 110mln. The case is submitted to the police headquarters for a further investigation https://armenpress.am/arm/news/946146/

PM Pashinyan’s newly formed State Oversight Committee says they’ve discovered and will soon recover AMD 310mln from High Volt electric grid government-run organization, after discovering a corruption by its members. One employee built his house with the company's budget. https://news.am/arm/news/469479.html ---- VIDEO https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0V1LkR-x9BA

.... The director of Homeland-Diaspora gov-run foundation has voluntarily agreed to return the stolen AMD 100mln to the budget . AMD 210mln from Lusanshan foundation has been recovered. AMD 42mln from various other organizations. https://news.am/arm/news/469460.html

... chief Sanasaryan mentions a case in which the former Diaspora Minister signed documents to release funds to be paid to H1 news network for the creation of diaspora-themed movies, but the records show the movies were created with H1’s own resources. Sanasaryan hopes the former minister will explain what happened to the funds. (can I say what happened to the money?) https://news.am/arm/news/469465.html

... chief says in Ejmiatsin, the municipality issued free health insurances to former mayor Karen Grigoryan’s (Tushonka Manvel’s son) family members. Family members deny this. Sanasaryan says Grigoryan-affiliated businesses were illegally issued contracts and grants, and violated contract signing protocols. https://news.am/arm/news/469463.html

.... says a road-repair company Ukrinvest was contracted to paint the street signs. In 5 streets, the employees did nothing, but signed the papers indicating the work was done. AMD 35mln in damages was done. https://news.am/arm/news/469467.html

... says they’re currently conducting audits in universities. The worst situation is in Agrarian University, where they’ve discovered numerous violations, salary violations and other corruption. EPH is also being audited. https://news.am/arm/news/469478.html

... says the State Oversight Committee is waiting for NSS to finish their investigation of Yerevan Foundation, so they can conduct an audit of the municipality. AMD 50bln of it’s 80bln budget comes from the federal government, which gives SOC a jurisdiction to audit it https://armenpress.am/arm/news/946114/

Serj's niece turns herself in, after the authorities placed a warrant for her arrest for illegal enrichment on July http://www.armtimes.com/hy/article/143730

Dalarik’s long serving HHK mayor was forced to resign after the government audit found instances of improper management. Also, council members voted to give their relatives financial aid, which is against the law https://armlur.am/836552/ —- https://armlur.am/836573/

The car servicing companies, which were earlier caught avoiding taxes and falsifying documents, have paid an additional AMD 72mln towards the damages https://armenpress.am/arm/news/946160/

A high ranking military official in charge of army’s recruitment organization has been discharged. No details on why. The official held a high ranking position in a newly created, and possibly illegal, military task-force during the March 1st events http://www.armtimes.com/hy/article/143726

EU helps to create 4 businesses in Lori https://news.am/arm/news/469469.html

Azerbaijan sends a complaint to USA over Dan Bilzerian visiting the Forever Free and Certainly More Democratic Republic of Artsakh https://news.am/arm/news/469486.html

US Congressional Armenian Caucus members congratulate the Republic of Artsakh with its 27th independence https://news.am/arm/news/469466.html

The history of Yerevan (disclosure: I haven't watched it yet). https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6-1WHkGd0W4


Link to original report and comments: https://www.reddit.com/r/armenia/comments/9dbeod/anticorruption_952018_huge_10year_long_corruption/


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