Former MAI state secretary Fatuloiu allegedly had ties with Vintu

A businessman arrested together with Catalin Chelu stated, in front of a judge, that the former state secretary in the Ministry of Administration and Interior (MAI) told him of a meeting between him and Sorin Ovidiu Vintu, suggesting that he is very close to the media mogul, according to ‘Romania Libera’ newspaper. The news surfaced Tuesday, at the Bucharest Tribunal, in a trial that has former MAI state secretary Dan Valentin Fatuloiu as denouncer. At the end of last year, Fatuloiu turned in the Galati-based businessman Catalin Chelu, who allegedly tried to bribe him with EUR 1 M and a house for his son, Alexandru Fatuloiu. Prosecutors arrested Chelu in the basement parking of the Ministry, as he had just bribed the official.
Now, a few months after the beginning of the biggest case of corruption at the peak of MAI, one of the suspects arrested in the Chelu case makes surprising confessions about Dan Valentin Fatuloiu. Stefan Badea Nitache told Bucharest judges that, in 2009, the former ministry official asked for a personal subscription with a cell phone operator, paid by the Fabymex company controlled by Nitache. The businessman, a native of Arges County, also spoke in court about his cordial relationship with Dan Valentin Fatuloiu, mentioning the invitation he received from the latter.

Fatuloiu left the position of chief of the Romanian Police in 2007, when he went to the US, being appointed to the position of Minister Counselor with the Romanian Embassy in Washington D.C.

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