The trial of Uroš’s founders for criminal acts in the operations of the company begins today. The technology company was accused of a major fraud with the help of Jirki Halikai and Tommy Uhari. Previously, the suspects denied any wrongdoing during an investigation by the police.
Uroš received more than six million euros in product development loans and grants from Business Finland in the 2010s, which were used to fund product development projects. At the time of the alleged crime, from 2011 to 2015, Uhari was CEO of the company and Halikainen was chairman of the board. Uhari left Uroš several years ago, while Hallikainen remained as its main owner.
In January 2022, Uroš was declared bankrupt due to insolvency. In its bankruptcy decision, it was found that Uroš had concealed information from Business Finland that would have led to funds not being approved. Later in December 2020, Uros sold its subsidiaries to Luxembourg-based companies for a total purchase price of around 25,000 euros. However, it was revealed that Uroš had concealed contracts that showed how results achieved in financed projects were sold and handed over to Luxembourg branches.
Today’s trial will begin with a preparatory session where only prosecutors will present their case against the accused. The main trial is scheduled for April but will be preceded by a review of evidence and statements made by witnesses during previous investigations. In October last year, Oulu District Court annulled all business transactions carried out by Uros since they were found to be unlawful and without proper documentation