A young man from Zaporizhzhia who recently was caught selling fake Covid certificates through the copycat app imitating  state-run online public services platform  ‘Diia’ has been offered a consultacy job with the goverment, said digital transformation minister Mykhaylo Fedorov in an interview for ‘Ukrainska Pravda’.

‘This guy is working on public service advertising and other ministry-led project promoting digital services among youths,’ revealed the minister.

The minister defended the controversial recruitment choice arguing the guy ‘can hardly be called a hacker’ as he never interfered with the state app.

Fedorov went on to say that it was an exceptional situation and this window of opportunity is now closed for such offenders, ‘no matter how talented they are’.

Despite his consultancy job with the government, the Zaporizhya man is still facing forgery and fraud charges.