The Security Service of Ukraine (SBU) has confirmed the detention of the head of the State Employment Center of Volodymyr Halytsky. The official is suspected of creating corruptive schemes and bribe-taking, the SBU said in a statement Monday, according to UKRINFORM.

The security forces say this year the State Employment Center has been allocated from the budget UAH 365 million (USD 1 - UAH 7.99) for the program to create new jobs in the coal-mining regions.

"It has been found that the governing officials of the State Employment Center provided public funds to companies for creating jobs only with a "kickback" at a rate of 15-20% of the amount that is earmarked. For failure to pay these interest the financing was stopped, and these companies became subject to all sorts of "checks," the SBU emphasized.

November 25 the SBU conducted in Kyiv a special operation to detain four officials, including the chief of the State Employment Center [Volodymyr Halytsky - ed.] and chief of financial management. During a search in offices, private homes and bank boxes the SBU seized, among other things, more than 2 million hryvnias, about one million U.S. dollars, over 200,000 pounds, about half a million euros and more than 3 kg of gold and jewelry.

The Prosecutor General's Office of Ukraine opened a criminal case on bribery against the detained.

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