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ANI accuses manele singer ‘Adi Minune’ of suspect banking transactions

ANI inspectors notified ANAF and ONPCSB, saying the singer cannot justify EUR 100,000 of his wealth.

The National Agency of Integrity (ANI) has taken note of the case of Adrian Simionescu, aka “Adi The Wonder Man”, a well-known manele singer, as Integrity Authority inspectors found a EUR 100,000-plus gap between the earnings actually made and those declared by the singer during his term as a local councillor in the commune of Stefanestii de Jos, Ilfov County.

ANI also learned that the manele performer engaged in “suspect banking transactions” of nearly EUR 900,000. ANI has therefore decided to notify the National Anti-Money Laundering Office (ONPCSB). Also, ANI inspectors concluded that there are elements indicating Adi The Wonder Man is likely to have failed paying the commensurate amount of taxes on revenues obtained from salaries and intellectual property rights, and for failing to declare in due time towards taxation his purchase in 2010 of a 5,000 square meter tract of tillable land. The ANI also notified the Afumati Commune Mayor’s Office over the enforcement of stipulations in art. 254, paragraph 5 of Law 571/2003 on the Tax Code, with the consequent amendments and additions. “The person whose wealth statement has been evaluated, which evinced significant differences, is held incompatible,” Mediafax quoted a ANI release as stating. Authorities extended the probe to also include members of the singer’s family.

On Feb.10, 2010, ANI notified the Prosecutor’s Office of the Buftea Court of Law to look into the “Adi The Wonder Man” case for false statements. Prosecutors’ notification of the Buftea Court showed that the singer had not included in his statement of wealth and interests respectively several movable and fixed assets. However, prosecutors decided against opening criminal proceedings in the case, as “in the resolution dated 24.01.2011, the case prosecutor considered that, while Mr. Adrian Simionescu indeed committed the deed, his action does not live up to posing the degree of social danger of a crime, reason for which he was issued an administrative fine of RON 1000,” according to the release. ANI also said that, Adrian the Wonder Man’s year 2008 wealth statement contained no mentions, or erroneous information over “own, joint or indivisible assets” obtained or made together with his family. Also, in his statement of interests, he failed to mention his being a member of the Social-Democrat Party (PSD) and a partner in the company A&G Music&Film SRL, as well as sole associate and administrator at the company Adrian media Music SRL.

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