Pseudo-volunteer from Zhytomyr region earned 800 thousand on low-quality body armor

In the Zhytomyr region, law enforcement officers exposed a pseudo-volunteer who sold low-quality bulletproof vests to military personnel, earning almost UAH 1 million on this.

According to Ukrinform, about this in Facebook reported the SBU Department in the Zhytomyr region.

“In the Zhytomyr region, employees of the Security Service of Ukraine exposed the co-founder of a local public organization for the manufacture and sale of low-quality body armor for a million hryvnias in wartime. The examination confirmed that under the guise of bulletproof vests of protection class 4 and 5, the attacker was selling home-made plate carriers that did not meet the requirements of protection quality standards and did not provide security,” the report says.

According to the intelligence service, through a specially created telegram channel of his public organization, the man “advertised” the sale of bulletproof vests, which allegedly contain armor plates made of high-quality factory steel and guarantee protection against automatic weapons.

The pre-trial investigation established that, in fact, the protection elements were made in a handicraft way from low-quality metal plates, which were provided free of charge by entrepreneurs of the stone processing industry of the Zhytomyr region to the person involved in the case, who “hid behind” volunteering. The rest of the local merchants “cut” these plates for free to the dimensions required for the plate carrier. He bought covers for armor plates of dubious quality in bulk at 200 UAH per unit.

At the same time, Zhytomyr entrepreneurs, to whom the businessman turned for “assistance”, were convinced that they were providing charitable assistance to Ukrainian servicemen.

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It is noted that the swindler sold low-quality bulletproof vests both individually to the relatives of the mobilized, and in bulk – to representatives of volunteer organizations of the Zhytomyr and Kyiv regions, which are engaged in helping the fighters of the defense and the Armed Forces of Ukraine. For one such handicraft “body armor”, shot through by bullets, the businessman received from 250 to 270 dollars – with its actual cost of several hundred hryvnias. For several months, the fraudster sold low-quality ammunition for at least 800 thousand UAH.

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