Moscow: A criminal case has been opened against two Russian military officers who allegedly overstated the value of their soldiers` food rations by more than $200,000 in order to embezzle funds, authorities said Tuesday.
According to investigators, Col Sergei Ustinov and Major Ovik Babayan, both part of a military detachment in Khabarovsk region, approved last January the services of food company MTC, contracted by the state to provide food for military personnel.
Investigators alleged the unit`s daily nutritional needs were overstated by about $1,000. When added up, investigators said, it cost the state about $200,000.
The two officers face a possible 10-year prison sentence if convicted of abuse of authority.