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February 3, 2023

Bureau head at Cluj Customs brought to trial for taking bribe

Prosecutors with the National Anti-Corruption Department put Alain Florin Modrea, head of the Bureau for Fiscal Inspection and Consequent Control at the Cluj County Department for Excises and Customs Operations, on trial for bribe taking, along with Israeli businessman Moshe Zur, on charges of influence peddling and bribe giving. The two have been put under preventive arrest.

Under the prosecution indictment, during March 10-16, businessman Mosche Zur claimed, and received from the denouncer, an administrator of a Cluj-based trading enterprise, EUR 12,000 to pass the amount on to Modrea, in exchange for the latter interceding for an audit document in favour of the said company.

During Feb. 2011, the audit team had announced the denouncer that serious accounting flaws had been uncovered, which would result in retroactive excises and customs duties being charged on company imported goods for the past five years. In order to persuade inspectors to issue a less expensive fine and lower taxes and duties being paid by the denouncer, Modrea received, on March 16, 2011, bribe of EUR 4,000 from Mosche Zur. The deal went sour, with the two being caught red-handed by anti-corruption prosecutors.

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