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Leadell Successfully Defends Monolit in Benefit Fraud Criminal Proceeding

Leadell Successfully Defends Monolit in Benefit Fraud Criminal Proceeding

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Leadell has successfully represented construction company OU Monoliit and Monolit's board member Jaak Reinmets in a criminal proceeding involving accusations of benefit fraud.

According to Leadell, principal charges were brought against NGO Vahuranna and its board members, who planned to build a harbor with the financial support of the Estonian Agricultural Registers and Information Board. The builders of the harbor – OU Monoliit along with Jaak Reinmets as the legal representative – were also accused of facilitating benefit fraud and knowingly assisting in an illegal act. 

According to the prosecution, the purchaser and the contractor collaborated to incorrectly indicate the price of the investment. Over EUR 170,000 was paid out for the construction of the first stage of the harbor.

Based on the May 31, 2019 court decision, all of the accused were found not guilty and the state was ordered to cover the procedural costs.

The Leadell team was led by Partner Jaak Siim.

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