Source The court sentenced the chief accountant of the UK to five years for material evidence lost in gambling. The Oktyabrsky District Court gave five years of general regime to the former head of finance of the Main Investigation Department of the Investigative Committee for St. Petersburg, Dmitry Kovalchuk. From the withdrawn cash, he appropriated money and made bets: after each loss, he took more and more, hoping to win back. 306 million rubles was missing from the audit of the insurance company. In addition to five years of life, the former employee must give more than 297 million rubles.
Dmitry Kovalchuk has worked as the head of the financial and economic department of the St. Petersburg GSU SK since 2013. He was responsible for the payment of salaries, purchases and material evidence. His duties included control over the storage of seized cash obtained by criminal means. By 2017, judging by the materials of the case (available to Kommersant-SPb), he became addicted to gambling, namely sports betting, and had already managed to lose a couple of salaries.
To win back, he decided to borrow money from material evidence. As usual, the amount had to be higher or equal to the lost one in order to get a plus. At first, the employee took a little, being sure that he would be able to return the money of those under investigation to the treasury. Luck, however, did not favor him: he took the money again and again – and lost.
By November 2020, the leadership of the UK began to suspect something was wrong, Dmitry Kovalchuk wrote a letter of resignation of his own free will, and after that a recount began. As a result, the Main Investigative Committee of the Investigative Committee missed approximately 306 million rubles, which is definitely a particularly large amount. First, he was charged with theft (Article 158 of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation) and arrested (see Kommersant-SPb of 04/05/2021). Later, the case was reclassified into an “official” article on misappropriation or embezzlement (Article 160 of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation).
Kovalchuk began to cooperate with his former colleagues, told how it all happened, how he became addicted to betting. He put the latter in an uncomfortable position. One of the “borrowings” concerned the criminal case of auto theft. The ex-investigator took 770 thousand arrested dollars (at the exchange rate at that time about 55 million rubles). However, the accused of hijacking proved in court that these funds were obtained by him legally, and the Investigative Committee was required to return them (see Kommersant-SPb, 12/16/21). investigator in a penal colony for five years. The maximum term for especially large embezzlement is twice as long. In addition, Dmitry Kovalchuk will have to return 297.2 million rubles to the country in the person of the Main Investigative Directorate of the Investigative Committee for St. Petersburg.