Tel Drum challenges anti corruption prosecutors’ distraint
Tel Drum company has challenged the RON 4 M distraint applied by the National Anti-corruption Directorate. Prosecutors have decided to seize RON 4 million of the company’s assets to ensure that the prejudice of EUR 20 M and RON 30 M will be recovered if the judges confirm the charges.
The chairman of the Social Democrat Party (PSD), Liviu Dragnea, is charged with setting up an organized criminal group, with two charges of using false or inaccurate documents or statements in bad faith of the deed results in obtaining undue EU funds and with two crimes of abuse of office with obtaining undue benefits for himself and for others.
Two of Dragnea’s acquaintances, Marian Fiscuci and Petre Pitis are criminally prosecuted in this file. Fiscuci is said to be “the majority stockholder of Tel Drum” and is charged with setting up an organized criminal group.
Liviu Dragnea has repeatedly denied all charges.
The fraud was signalled by the European Anti-Fraud Office (OLAF), with the Office also saying that the fraud in the Tel Drum case, worth EUR 21 million, will be covered by the Romanian state from the tax-payers’ money.
The Ministry of Regional Development and of European Funds has constituted as injured party in the Tel Drum file, according to the European Funds minister.