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Update: Scandal at Bucharest Police as businessman Morgenstern is gone missing. The Israeli citizen – sentenced to 8 years in jail

The head of Bucharest Police, Quaestor Marius Voicu, has announced on Friday that the Section 6 chief and deputy have been moved to inferior positions, following an investigation conducted as businessman Avraham Morgenstern (photo), under judicial control, has gone missing.

“The two officers, in top positions, the chief and deputy of Section 6 Bucharest, have been moved to inferior positions. There is also a notification to a Prosecutor’s Office unit to decide on the degree of guilt and what is guilty of one policeman and another,” Marius Voicu said in a press conference.

He added that during the judicial control, since Morgenstern missed to come to the police station, several deficiencies have been noticed for which ‘disciplinary measures have been taken.’

Voicu said that Bucharest Police has supported and will support all verifications. “The investigation is ongoing and all necessary measures will be made according to the degree of culpability,” the Police head said.

It is to be noted that the National Anticorruption Directorate (DNA) has notified the Prosecutor General’s Office, the Interior Ministry, Police Inspectorate and Bucharest Police after businessman Avraham Morgenstern has gone missing, although under judicial control, and the policemen announced the court 15 days after he has gone missing.

An Interior Ministry release informs that the verifications have concluded that during December 9, 2016-May 8, 2017 Morgenstern observed the obligation to come to the police station on weekly basis, his last arrival at the police being on May 8.

“It has been established that the police officer responsible for the judicial supervision of the defendant did not exercise his duties properly, by not notifying the court that the defendant has violated the program. The policeman has made a number of inquiries and attempts to search for the defendant, but did not notify the court about his absence and the violation of his obligation to come to the police. The court’s notification of the non-observance of the surveillance program was made on May 30, 2017, although this action had to be taken as soon as the defendant had not come to the police station at the deadline of May 15, 2017, in accordance to the obligation of the surveillance programme,”  the cited release reads.

The Interior Ministry’s Control Body found that the policeman may be suspected of favouring the perpetrator under Article 269 of the Criminal Code, and has submitted a complaint to the National Anticorruption Directorate.

8 years in prison – final sentence

Israeli businessman Avraham Morgenstern, manager of Shapir Structures SRL company and a close friend of former Constanta Mayor Radu Mazare, was sentenced by the Bucharest Court of Appeals (CAB) to 8 years imprisonment. The ruling on Friday is final.

The Bucharest Court of Appeal has upheld the appeal of Morgerstern’s lawyers and has decreased the initial sentence of the Bucharest Court from 12 years to 8 years imprisonment.

Shapir Structures SRL is insolvent and has to pay a criminal penalty of RON 320,000.

On the other hand, the CAB judges has upheld the first court’s decision regarding the payment of damages amounting to RON 53,836,994 by Avraham Morgenstern and Shapir Structures SRL. The court ordered the seizing of the original letter of guarantee, amounting to RON 53 million, until it is taken over by ANAF.

Avraham Morgenstern has gone missing three months ago. He was a close friend of former Constanta Mayor Radu Mazare and of businessman Elan Schwartzenberg (also investigated by DNA, gone missing).

According to DNA, during 2009-2014 Morgenstern, as manager of Shapir Structures SRL, did not properly record the revenues from three contracts concluded with RAEDPP Constanta and Confort Urban SRL Constanta and did not register the invoices in the execution of these contracts.

“During the same period, the defendant recorded fictitious expenses representing consultancy and technical assistance provided by Larton Consultants Ltd Cyprus and Comrad Leasing Ltd Cyprus. These activities were carried out in order to evade the payment of tax liabilities due to the state budget, causing damage of over EUR 10,000,000,” DNA informs.

In the file, the prosecutors seized movable and immovable property of Avraham Morgenstern and Shapir Structures LLC, with a total estimated value of about RON 2.8 million and four buildings in Constanta, not assessed.

Avraham Morgenstern was also sued by DNA in another file, accused of bribing Radu Mazăre with EUR 175,000 in order to win a social housing auction at the Henri Coanda campus in Constanţa . The bribe was intermediated by Elan Schwartzenberg.

 




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