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Two ex-hospital managers convicted for bribe taking

Two ex-hospital managers convicted for bribe taking

Former hospital managers Bogdan Paltineanu and Dan Straja on Thursday have been sentenced to three years on parole for bribe taking. The Bucharest Tribunal ruling is not final yet.

The judges have maintained the judicial control against the two former hospital managers as well as the seizure on their assets.

Anti-corruption prosecutors indicted Bogdan Paltineanu, former manager of Bagdasar Arseni Hospital in Bucharest and Dan Nicolae Straja, former manager of “Alexandru Trestioreanu” Oncology Institute for bribe taking in early August this year.

In Bogdan Paltineanu’s case, prosecutors were targeting deeds allegedly committed when he was heading the “Ana Aslan” national geriatrics institute.

According to the National Anti-corruption Directorate, last year, when he was manager of “Ana Aslan”, Bogdan Paltineanu would have received a bribe of EUR 73,000 and almost RON 19,000 from the owners of several private companies that had contracts with the geriatrics institute. The money was paid for the invoice payment in due time. Paltineanu allegedly received the bribe in 5 tranches, at his house or in the car, while the money was hidden in magazines.

Dan Straja, ex-manager of the oncology unit, would also have got the bribe hidden in magazines. He is charged of cashing in almost EUR 96,000 last year from some companies that had sold medical equipment to the hospital.

Among the companies that clinched contracts with “Ana Aslan” institute is also a company owned by businessman Dorin Cocos’ brother-in-law.

Two contracts worth over RON 27 M for medical equipment and medical scanner have been tracked down at the Oncology Institute. The DNA says the bribe in this case used to reach even 20% of the contracts’ value.

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