“Kommersant”: the criminal case of the former vice-president of PIK Lefel was dismissed
The criminal case on abuse of powers of Alexander Lefel, former vice-president for regional development of the PIK Group of Companies, was dismissed due to the reconciliation of the parties, Kommersant reported.
The second person involved in the criminal case is the former head of one of the divisions of the PIK Group of Companies, Nikolai Vasiliev. According to the publication, reconciliation of the parties was achieved after the investigation received the results of two construction and technical and two accounting forensic examinations, due to which the amount of damages imputed to former top managers in the amount of 140 million rubles. has been reduced. Both defendants agreed to reimburse it to PIK, but neither the injured party nor representatives of the defense announced the final amount. The criminal case was dismissed on non-rehabilitating grounds.
Lefel was detained on October 8, 2021, later the Tverskoy District Court arrested him until December 7. But already on December 6, the court transferred the top manager from the pre-trial detention center to house arrest. In the PIK Group of Companies, Vedomosti was informed that a criminal case was initiated on the basis of a statement from the company. The security service established facts of abuse of Lefel in 2017-2018. when conducting tender procedures and concluding contracts with contractors for the construction of a residential complex in St. Petersburg, including fraudulent spending of attracted funds from equity holders at the “zero” stage of construction. As Kommersant clarifies, Lefel and Vasilyev then refused to pay the declared amount of damage to PIK Group, and left the company of their own free will.
At the end of 2022, the investigation reclassified the criminal case against Lefel and Vasilyev from fraud on an especially large scale (part 4 of article 159 of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation) to abuse of power (part 1 of article 201 of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation).