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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Charges Brought Against Bankruptcy Official

Charges were brought Friday against a top federal bankruptcy official in Saratov who has been accused of taking bribes from enterprises he audited, Interfax reported.

Pyotr Karpov, deputy general director of the Federal Bankruptcy Administration, was taken into custody July 25 after a search of his apartment found $154,000 there, Izvestia said.

Karpov was charged with taking a bribe of several million rubles in 1994, Interfax said, using his position as expert examiner of an electrical engineering company in Saratov, about 750 kilometers southeast of Moscow.

According to two police officials quoted in Izvestia, the plant's deputy director, Sergei Podoprigora, promised Karpov $5,000 if he issued an audit highlighting the plant's failures and discrediting its general director, Valentin Pavlukov, allowing Podoprigora to take the top post.

Karpov received half the promised sum before his agency abandoned its bankruptcy audit of the plant, the newspaper said.

When Podoprigora was arrested this year on suspicion of gross embezzlement and currency operations, and gave evidence against Karpov, the federal official confessed to taking bribes in that and other similar cases, police told Izvestia.