Former ANAF head Sorin Blejnar – final sentence of 5 years in prison for influence peddling

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The Bucharest Court of Appeals has issued the final sentence on Tuesday for Sorin Blejnar, former head of the National Agency for Fiscal Administration (ANAF), to 5 years in prison, executory sentence, for influence peddling.

In October 2018, he was sentenced by the Bucharest Court to 6 years in prison, with the Court of Appeals reducing now the sentence to 5 years.

The Court of Appeals has upheld the previous decision to confiscate the amount of RON 12,513,894 from Blejnar and maintaining the seizure on his wealth up to the level of the amount.

The DNA Ploiesti prosecutors indicted Blejnar in 2016, charging him that “in 2011, in the context of starting public procurement procedures for ANAF, defendant Sorin Blejnar accepted the promise of a businessman to cash in 20% of the value of the contracts that were to be signed by the institution.”

The money was offered in exchange for his influence on a subordinate, so that he decides the contracts should be signed with the businessman’s company. Hence, during November 2011-January 2012, defendant Blejnar Sorin and the subordinate received the amount of RON 13,172,520 through a ghost-like company under their control, with which the businessman’s company concluded several fictitious contracts, the DNA indictment read.

Of this amount, Blejnar actually received RON 12,513,894.

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