EUR 1.7m prejudice in Becali file recovered

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Romanian revenue authority, the National Agency for Fiscal Administration (ANAF), has recovered the prejudice of EUR 1.7m in “Valiza/ the Suitcase” file that put Gigi Becali behind bars following a three-year sentence. The prejudice recovery comes after 1,629 days since the arraignment.

The Supreme Court ordered the seizure of EUR 1.7m from Gigi Becali, former financier of Steaua football club and from Teia Sponte, ex-vice president of Steaua management board in June 2013. They were charged with bribery and forgery.

After a year and eight months since the final ruling, the money has been transferred into the account of Ilfov Treasury early this year.

“Following actions undertaken by the foreclosure bodies, the counter value of EUR 1.7 million, meaning RON 7,650,850 was transferred by the Romanian Commercial Bank (BCR), Unirii branch at Ilfov Treasury on January 23, 2015,” reads an ANAF release to Hotnews.

George Becali was released from prison in April 2015 after serving a third of his three years and six months jail sentence, resulted by the merger of the convictions received in Valiza file, the file of the person sequestration and in the case of land exchange with the Defence Ministry.

In Valiza file Becali had been charged with bribery after he wanted to buy the result of Universitatea Cluj-CFR Cluj match by offering UCluj football players EUR 1.7m in a suitcase. The famous suitcase subsequently gave the name of the file.

Coach Victor Piturca was also sentenced in this file but to only ine year in prison with suspension, while Teia Sponta got two years in prison with suspension.

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