In Odesa region, UAH 61.2 million of losses were returned to the state and local budgets

12 February 2020, 14:58
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The Southern Office of the State Audit Office reported on work over the past year. Head of the Office Oleh Muratov informed the first deputy head of the Odesa Regional State Administration Vyacheslav Ovechkin that during 2019 the unit conducted 751 measures of state financial control.

On the territory of Odesa region, the office staff carried out 84 audits and found irregularities that led to the loss of financial and material resources, totaling UAH 154.2 million. Of these, UAH 61.2 million have already been returned to the state and local budgets.

Also, the State Audit Office checked 635 purchases worth UAH 4.7 billion. Violations of 618 procedures amounting to UAH 3.1 billion were detected. Of these, 317 purchases canceled or terminated contracts worth UAH 1.7 billion.

“As a result of our inspections, 46 pre-trial investigations were initiated, 28 reports of suspected criminal offenses were served. It proves the quality of the evidence collected by the State Audit Office, ”said Oleh Muratov, Head of the Southern Office of the State Audit Service.

The department was also informed that 207 persons have already been brought to administrative responsibility for violation of financial discipline. Vyacheslav Ovechkin, First Deputy Head of the Odesa Regional State Administration, stressed that not only the fact of inspections but also the punishment of those responsible is important in the work of the service.

“We look forward to a just court decision in all criminal cases. We are now seeing a process of decentralization. Many resources are transferred to the site. But it also means that the state must control the efficiency of the use of these funds. As we know, one of the priorities of the President of Ukraine is removing the economy from the shadows. The result of this work should be to legalize jobs, increase wages and budget revenues at all levels. Undoubtedly, financial control in this direction plays an important role, ”emphasized Vyacheslav Ovechkin.

It should be noted that in 2019, the Southern Office of the State Audit Office ranked first in Ukraine in the number of violations detected per inspector. On average, this amount is 8.9 million UAH per person.