The head of Bucharest Customs, detained along with four other officials, for taking bribes

The director of the Bucharest Regional Customs Directorate, Paul Petrof, was detained along with four other officials, being accused by anti-corruption prosecutors of taking bribes from several businessmen who brought counterfeit goods into the country. Paul Petrof – who previously ran the Constanța Sud Agigea Customs – allegedly asked a businessman for an advance payment of 50,000 euros to buy an apartment, in exchange for the “help” offered to obtain some permits.

The National Anti-corruption Directorate (DNA) announced, on Wednesday, the detention for 24 hours of six people, including the director of the Bucharest Regional Customs Directorate, two officials from the institution and a head of office within the Romanian Customs Authority.

Paul Petrof, director of the Bucharest Regional Customs Directorate, was detained for the crimes of: favoring the perpetrator, using, in any way, directly or indirectly, information that is not intended for publicity or allowing unauthorized persons access to this information and bribery . Alexandru Cernat, Nicolae – Ștefan Teianu and Marian Vulcan, officials within the Romanian Customs Authority and within the Bucharest Regional Customs Directorate, were detained for taking bribes in a continuous form.
Răzvan-Cosmin Stamatescu, head of office within the Romanian Customs Authority, was detained for the crimes of favoring the perpetrator, using, in any way, directly or indirectly, information that is not intended for publicity or allowing unauthorized persons access to this information and traffic of influence, in continuous form.
A sixth person was detained for complicity in bribery.
They are to be taken to the Bucharest Court with the proposal of preventive arrest.
Two other officials from the Romanian Customs Authority and the Bucharest Regional Customs Directorate – Marin Marius and Gheorghe Demetrius – were placed under judicial control, also for bribery, in continuous form.
DNA charges

During 2023, in the context of carrying out checks, customs officials Cernat Alexandru, Marin Marius, Teianu Nicolae-Ștefan, Vulcan Marian-Vladimir and Gheorghe Demetrius would have requested and received from several businessmen who carried out their activity in May many shopping centers in Bucharest and Ilfov the total sums of 60,600 lei, 11,500 USD, 600 euros, 408 pairs (51 bags) of sports shoes and 1,000 counterfeit perfumes. The said money would have been requested and received by the five officials in order not to make criminal reports to the businessmen regarding the problems found. During the day of January 10, 2024, in order to complicate investigations in a criminal case, the director of Bucharest Customs, Paul Petrof, and Răzvan-Cosmin Stamatescu allegedly presented to a businessman the contents of an ordinance issued by I.G.P.R. police officers – Directorate of Economic Crime Investigation, through which various documents were requested in relation to some companies controlled by the person in question.

During 2021-2023, Stamatescu Răzvan-Cosmin would have accepted from another businessman the promise of the remittance of USD 10,000 and would have received several undue benefits in order to traffic his alleged influence that he would have let it be believed that would have it on some border police officers and that it would cause them not to fulfill their duties in connection with carrying out controls on shipments of counterfeit goods, in which the person concerned was interested.
In the same period, Paul Petrof would have claimed from a businessman the payment of an advance in the amount of 50,000 euros for the purchase of an apartment and other improper benefits, in exchange for the “help” offered to the latter in connection with obtaining some clearances”.
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  • Panagiotis Spyridis

    The eggs of the snakes should be fried before they hatch!