VILNIUS, Jan. 3 (Xinhua) -- Pre-trial investigation involving Lithuania's state enterprise Lithuanian Post (LP) has been launched into suspected substantial pecuniary damage made to the company and alleged criminal activities by former LP executives, Lithuania's Ministry of Transport and Communications announced on Thursday.
According to the ministry, it is suspected that former heads of LP allegedly established a subsidiary "for dubious purposes" and possibly squandered around 3.7 million euros from 2012 to 2016. The pre-trial investigation was launched by Lithuania's Special Investigation Service (STT).
"Traces of possibly impudent scheme arranged for benefiting from the state funds were obtained in Lithuanian Post. By working closely and actively with law enforcement agencies, we hope to give answers to all public concerns," Rokas Masiulis, minister of transport, was quoted as saying in a statement released by his ministry.
A complicated scheme was devised in order to avoid state's supervision as the LP subsidiary allegedly was involved into inexpedient transactions, Masiulis said.
The subsidiary had to create certain information technology solutions,"but there was no visible benefit in reality", the minister told reporters at a press conference. He did not elaborate on how many people were part of the scheme but mentioned to reporters that more than one person was involved.
The suspicious activities of former LP leaders started in 2012, when the company established its subsidiary LP Mokejimu Sprendimai (LPMS), the ministry said.
LP was the sole shareholder of the new enterprise and was headed by Lina Minderiene, LP chief executive at the time, local media reported. Minderiene was dismissed from the duties in 2017 due to certain infringements linked to cash operations.
There are no suspects so far in the current pre-trial investigation, STT said to local media on Thursday.
LP is fully controlled by the Lithuanian state represented by the Ministry of Transport and Communications.(1 euro = 1.14 U.S. dollars)