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The former investigator is charged for embezzlement of about 6.5 million AMD worth physical evidence and gold jewelry, and for official forgery; preliminary investigation of the criminal case is over
2019-08-26

By the evidence obtained on the criminal case investigated in the RA Special Investigation Service it was justified that Garnik Simonyan while holding the position of the investigator of the Investigation Division of Kentron and Nork Marash Administrative districts of the YCID of the RA Investigation Committee, over 2014-2017 during preliminary investigation of three different criminal cases investigated by him theft physical evidence and gold jewelry  in the total value of about 6.5 million AMD entrusted to him, after which, in order to conceal the embezzlement he made an official forgery.

According to the charge brought to the investigator, over  the preliminary investigation of the criminal case regarding theft investigated by him, on 17.08.2015 the Investigator Garnik Simonyan confiscated from a credit organization gold and silver bars and jewelry in the especially large value of  3.995.005 AMD, pledged by a citizen, and using his official position stolen them by means of embezzlement before sending the criminal case to the court. After that in order to conceal the fact of embezzlement Garnik Simonyan on 07.02.2017 fabricated decision on recognizing the above mentioned bars and jewelry as a physical evidence and handing them over to the Central Bank of RA for custody; then included information containing similar content into the annex to indictment made on the same day, circulated it and sent to the Prosecutor’s office with the criminal case. 

Besides, on another case regarding theft from the same credit organization, during the preliminary investigation of criminal case instituted on 01.08.2016 Garnik Simonyan confiscated from the mentioned organization jewelry subject of crime in the total amount of 1.040.156 AMD, and again stole them by means of embezzlement, again fabricated a decision in order to conceal the fact of embezzlement and included information containing similar content into the annex to the indictment being an official document,  and sent it to the Prosecutor’s office with the criminal case. 

Besides, by the decision made during the preliminary investigation of another criminal case investigated by him, the investigator confiscated from the credit organization gold jewelry in the total value of 1.424.000 AMD large amount pledged with the organization over the year of 2016 and stole them by means of embezzlement. Later, in order to conceal the fact of embezzlement he didn’t enclose the decision and the confiscation protocol on the basis of which the above mentioned gold jewelry was confiscated, to the materials of the criminal case, and failed to refer to the facts of confiscation or return of the gold jewelry in his decision on suspending the proceeding of the criminal case and non-execution of criminal prosecution made on 02.06.2017.

For the commitment of the above-mentioned offences Garnik Simonyan was charged under article 179 (part 2, points 1 and 3) (2 episodes) of the RA Criminal Code, article 314 (part 1) (2 episodes) of the RA Criminal Code, and article 179 (part 3, point 1) of the RA Criminal Code.

The material loss caused to the credit organization during the preliminary investigation of the criminal case was fully recovered.

The preliminary investigation of the criminal case is over. The case with the indictment has been sent to the prosecutor performing control with the motion to send it to the court.

Notification: a person that is suspected or accused of an alleged crime, is considered innocent until his/her guilt is proved by a court judgement that has come into legal effect pursuant to the procedure determined by RA Criminal Procedure Code