Ex-football head Dumitru Dragomir sentenced to 7 years in prison

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The Bucharest Tribunal on Thursday sentenced Dumitru Dragomir, former president of the Romanian Professional Football League (LPF), to seven years in prison in a file related to the sale of TV copyrights.

Dragomir is charged with tax evasion, embezzlement and money laundering. He also has to pay together with other two defendants in the file damages worth about RON 1.3 M, and together with LPF more than RON 12 M.

The sentence is not final yet and can be challenged.

It is the second conviction for the former head of the Professional Football League, after the one where he got three years on probation in the file related to Universitate Craiova football club.

Dragomir was indicted in the TV copyrights file two years ago, next to other 40 people, in a file where the total prejudice mounts to about EUR 5.4 M.

 Prosecutors say that the evasion network in this file has been working for 5 years, during 2009 and 2014, with 17 ‘shadow’ private companies being involved.

The investigators say that the criminal mechanism used to be divided in 5 stages.

Thus, a part of the defendants, as owners of several private companies, have registered fictional operations representing unreal acquisitions of goods and services.

To hide the illegal origin of the money resulting from the tax evasion, the sums have been gradually transferred in the bank accounts of those 17 ‘shadow’ companies. Subsequently the money has been withdrawn with the help of other people involved in the case and has been given back to the defendants in cash, transported in bags. Previously, other two persons would levy a commission ranging from 6 to 8 percent.

Dumitru Dragomir got involved in this file in June 2011 when, as leader of the Professional Football League, he would have determined the members of the LPF statutory meeting to approve a mandate contract with Capital Properties Ltd.

Prosecutors say that Dragomir did that although he knew that the services mentioned in the contract would not be carried out”.

The contract referred to the sale of the TV copyrights for the football matches for the competition seasons 2011/2012, 2012/2013, 2013/2014.

Following this contract signed on June 27, 2011, during 2011-2013, Dumitru Dragomir has gradually paid, on behalf of LPF, to Capital Properties Ltd (represented by defendant Mihai Corbu), a total sum of RON 12,102,648 in three tranches by installment for three years, meaning in 2011, 2012 and 2013.

The money was paid for intermediation services that would have never been carried out.

Following Dragomir’s actions, the LPF patrimony would have been decreased by EUR 2.8 million.

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