Ilie Liviu Dragne, the manager of the pig farm controlled by the Dragnea family, has been remanded for 24 hours Thursday afternoon, as his lawyer announced.
He was summoned for hearings after the prosecutors have searched in the morning the farm in Salcia commune, held by Valentin Stefan Dragnea, the son of the PSD Chairman Liviu Dragnea, ziare.com reports.
Dragne’s lawyer said that the remand was just a “precautionary measure” decided by the prosecutor and that he hopes preventive arrest would not be needed.
Prosecutors with the Prosecutor General’s Office conducted Thursday morning searches at 80 addresses in Bucharest and 8 counties, including at Liviu Dragnea’s son pig farm, in a tax evasion file.
The Prosecutor’s Office issued a press release reading that 12 companies operating in the fields of construction, facility management, waste processing and pig breeding, during 2010-2016, did not pay taxes and duties due to the state budget. Unrealistic expenses were registered in the company’s accounts.
The damage in this case is RON 39,873,671, the equivalent of EUR 9,079,017, out of which RON 15,815,202 tax on reduced profit and RON 24,058,469 unlawfully deducted VAT.
According to the Trade Registry, Salcia farm is 90% owned by Ştefan Valentin Dragnea, and 10% belongs to the administrator and the general manager, Ilie Dragne.
Ilie Liviu Dragne also owns shares in the companies: La Zooveg 2010 SRL, Interfrigo Logistics SRL, S & P Investment Management SRL and Solartech RVC SRL.