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June 29, 2022

Pensions office deputy director, caught in the act receiving a bribe

The deputy director of the Dambovita County Pensions Office, Gheorghe Stamate, was remanded on bribery charges, after being caught in the act by anti-corruption prosecutors from Ploiesti as he was receiving EUR 1,000 from a person who was applying for a retirement benefit.

According to a press folder of the National Anti-Corruption Directorate, quoted by daily ‘Gandul,’ on April 18 and 21, and, respectively, May 4, 2010, Stamate asked the informer, both in person and by means of his wife, to be given EUR 1,000, which he received on May 28, in exchange for the approval of an application by which the person was granted a repair allowance, as stipulated by Law 341/2004. The approval of the application in question also enforced the decision setting the amount of the allowance and the payment thereof, at RON 97,268.

Stamate was caught in the act, on Friday, by anti-corruption prosecutors, as he was receiving money from the informer. He was held in custody for 24 hours, and, on Saturday, Prahova Court issued a preventive arrest warrant for 29 days, in his name.

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