Former chairman of the Constanta County Council, Nicusor Constantinescu, has been sentenced to eight years in prison in a new file where the prejudice mounts to over EUR 8 million. A former public television producer, Cristian Zgabercea, has been sentenced to four years and eight months in jail in the same case. The Constanta Tribunal’s ruling is not final and can be challenged at the Court of Appeal Constanta.
Nicusor Constantinescu is charged with abuse of office in continued form, abuse of office and of using his position to favor certain people.
Former TV producer Cristian Zgabercea is charged with abetment in abuse of office and tax evasion. The deeds were committed when Zgabercea was Constantinescu’s adviser.
Anti-corruption prosecutors accused Nicusor Constatinescu gave an order in January 2015 leaving Felicia Taicutu, a director within the county council, without duties, a fact which cut her salary and affected her legitimate interests of the position she had taken by contest.
At the same time, Constantinescu is also investigated in this file for making illegal payments out of public funds to associations, foundations or sport clubs, with the prejudice mounting to over EUR 8 million.
Nicusor Constantinescu has been currently serving a prison sentence of five years since June 29, 2016 in another case where he was found guilty of abuse of office after he had initiated two draft resolutions through which the Regional Military Center had been evicted from its headquarters. Moreover, the court ruled that the former chairman of Constanta county council had not provided a proper financing for the military center during 2009 – 2013.