Viktor Zhora, a former deputy head of the State Special Communications Service, was detained on Nov. 27 in connection to a state funds embezzlement scheme, the High Anti-Corruption Court reported.
Zhora, the service's former head Yurii Shchyhol, and four others are suspected of embezzling Hr 62 million ($1.7 million) in state funds allocated for the purchase of equipment and software between 2020 and 2022.
In collusion with a director of a state-owned enterprise and an owner of a group of companies, the officials concluded contracts at the value of Hr 285 million ($7.9 million) for software and services worth only Hr 223 million ($6.2 million).
The perpetrators allegedly took possession of the difference between the two sums.
Zhora is to be held in pretrial detention for two months with bail set at Hr 10 million $276,000.
The government dismissed both officials from their posts on Nov. 20, with Shchyhol's first deputy, Dmytro Makovsky, appointed the acting head of the State Special Communications Service.