The former head of the Permanent Electoral Authority (AEP), Ana Maria Patru, allegedly received EUR 600,000 in a luxury suitcase from a software company. These are the charges for which she has been placed by the National Anticorruption Directorate (DNA) under judicial control on Wednesday.
The investigators charge her with influence peddling and money laundering and say Ana Maria Patru had requested EUR 1 million to the company representatives, with the promise to exempt them from checks.
The investigators also say Patru has bought with the money a plot of land and a flat on the name of some relatives. She is also charged with misleading the judiciary by a deceitful denunciation.
The DNA Ploiesti prosecutors have started prosecution against the defendant for: influence peddling, money laundering, misleading the judiciary.
On November 15, 2016 the DNA prosecutors conducted searches on Tuesday at the residence of the AEP President Ana Maria Patru and at the institution, in a file investigating crimes of influence peddling and money laundering.
Ana Maria Patru was taken from her place in Voluntari to hearings at DNA Ploiesti and later in the evening she was placed under remand by the DNA.
Judicial sources said the searches are related to elections of the last election cycles, targeting mainly the elections in 2009.
AEP President’s husband has tried to flee with relevant documents for the DNA investigators, being stopped by policemen, sources said. The documents were reportedly relevant for the investigation regarding the money circuit.