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PSD chairman Liviu Dragnea sentenced to three years and six months in prison in the fictitious hiring file

The chairman of the ruling Social Democrat Party (PSD), Liviu Dragnea, has been sentenced to three years and six months in prison for instigation to abuse of office in the fictitious hiring file, while his former wife, Bombonica Prodana, prosecuted in the same case, has been acquitted. The ruling is yet not final.

The Supreme Court has given a verdict in the case of the fictitious hiring at the Social Assistance Direction in Teleorman County.

On the other hand, Dragnea has been acquitted for the charge of forgery. The ruling thus cancels the previous conviction on probation in the Referendum file and the Social Democrat leader will be therefore sentenced to prison. The magistrates’ ruling is not final and can be challenged by appeal, to a five-judge tribunal.

At the same time, the Supreme Court has ascertained the end of the criminal case against Dragnea’s former wife, Bombonica Prodana and decided that she has to pay a fine of RON 1,000.

The former head of the Social Assistance Direction in Teleorman County, Floarea Alesu has been also sentenced to three years and seven months in prison, while the other defendants in the file have got convictions on probation. Former executive director of he Direction, Rodica Milos has been sentenced to three years on probation, ex-deputy executive director Olguta Sefu, also to three years on probation, while a other former head at DGASPC Teleorman, Ionel Marineci has got a 3-year suspended sentence for abuse of office, likewise Valentina Marica and Claudiu Balaban. Adriana Botorogeanu has got a 2-year suspended sentence, while Nicuşor Gheorghe and Anisa Niculina Stoica have got a one-year suspended sentence.

During the last hearing in this case, anti-corruption prosecutors have asked that Dragnea should be sentenced to seven years and a half in jail, and also the cancellation of the probation in the Referendum file.Prosecutors say that during July 2006-December 2012, Liviu Dragnea, as leader of the Teleorman county council and the leader of the PSD county branch, made the former executive director of the Social Assistance Direction in Teleorman County, on purpose, to break her office duties and maintain and pay two women employed in her institution. In fact, the two women were not working there, but at the party organization.

Overall, the two women had received RON 108,612 as salary rights.

The magistrates have repeatedly postponed a verdict in Dragnea’s case this year.

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