Ex-minister Valcov indicted for influence peddling and money laundering

Newsroom 21/05/2015 | 16:32

Darius Valcov, currently under preventive arrest, was indicted by the National Anticorruption Directorate (DNA) prosecutors, who accuse him of influence peddling, money laundering and financial operations and trade actions incompatible with the positions he was occupying as mayor, senator and minister.

DNA sent to the High Court of Cassation and Justice Valcov’s file, former mayor of Slatina, Olt County, and former Finance minister, now senator, proposing the maintenance of the preventive arrest measure also pending trial.

In the same case, DNA prosecutors also indicted, under house arrest, Minel Florin Prina, former mayor of Slatina, for complicity in influence peddling and abetting to money laundering.

Businessman Lucian Petrut Susala, also under house arrest, will be trialed for complicity in influence peddling, complicity in money laundering and complicity in forgery of documents under private signature.

Also, Petre Bogdan Timofte and Constantin Cristian Tomescu were indicted, under the judicial control measure, these being accused of complicity in influence peddling, money laundering and forgery of private documents under private signature.

According to the indictment sent to the court in 2009, the manager of a company asked Darius Valcov, who was then mayor of Slatina, to intervene with decision makers from SC Compania de Apa Olt SA, to win auctions for works in Slatina, Scornicesti, Piatra Olt and Draganesti. In exchange for its intervention, the businessman would have promised Darius Valcov to offer him 20 percent of the total revenues (VAT excluded) from the work execution contracts.

Last month, Valcov admitted in front of the DNA prosecutors that he took bribe from various companies in 2012. 

On April 1, the Senate approved the request for further prosecution, detention and preventive arrest of the former Romanian minister of finance, senator Darius Valcov.


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