Eleven people charged with fiscal evasion and money laundering in the MediaPro file were taken into custody temporarily, for a total period of thirty days, according to a decision of the Bucharest Court, writes Agerpres newswire.
The decision is not yet final and can be appealed against in court.
The persons who are standing charges are Silviu Relu Viju, Cosmin Andrei Ion, Eugenia Balan, Andreea-Cornelia Stanculescu, Mihai-Valentin Toderiuc, Danuț Puiu, Elena-Lucia Adascalitei, Elena Nita, George-Laurentiu Dinu, Elena Calapereanu and Corina Medeleanu.
They were withheld on Friday under suspicion of causing damages to the state budget of approximately RON 6 million in unpaid VAT and profit tax.
According to prosecutors, between 2009- 2014, Silviu Relu Viju, Cosmin Andrei Ion, Eugenia Balan and Corina Medeleanu, who had management positions in three media companies, in complicity with the other defendants, registered in the books of these companies various invoices that were not issued following real acquisitions. The invoices were allegedly issued by several dummy companies.
“Part of the sums stipulated in the invoices were transferred in the accounts of the companies that issued them (representing bonus for the services provided by these companies, and in some cases the VAT- wherefrom they were withdrawn in cash by their representatives) while for the rest of the sums, fictitious receipts were drafted, but the respective sums were not effectively taken from the accounts of the three media companies. Instead, they were used to additionally pay some employees in these companies,” said the prosecutors.
According to the prosecutors, the money laundered in this way totaled approximately RON 15 million.