In the Odessa region, an environmental inspector caught extorting a bribe was sentenced to a fine
The Belyaevsky District Court of the Odessa Region sentenced the former state environmental protection inspector of the regional environmental inspection Sergei Karlovts to a fine of 17 thousand hryvnyas, who was accused of extortion and receiving illegal profit.
The official was found guilty of committing a crime under Part 1 of Art. 368 of the Criminal Code of Ukraine.
Among other things, he was deprived of the right to hold positions in government bodies for two years.
According to the prosecution, the inspector extorted money from an entrepreneur who was engaged in fishing in the Khadzhibey estuary and selling it, without having the relevant documents. Karlovets demanded to pay him 10 thousand UAH per month (200-250 UAH for one outlet and 2000 UAH for one boat). He was detained on September 9, 2016 in the village of Mayaki at the time of receiving part of the “tribute”.
In court, Karlovets did not admit his guilt. According to him, he met with the aforementioned businessman to obtain operational information.
The court, however, sided with the prosecutor’s office and passed a guilty verdict.
Interestingly, after the arrest, Sergei Karlovets continued to work in the State Ecological Inspectorate. In 2019, the official won the competition for the position of deputy head of the department of state environmental supervision (control) of fauna and biological resources – state inspector for environmental protection of the Kherson region. Now he is the head of this department.