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September 29, 2020

Interior Ministry probe as fuel reported missing

The Interior Ministry’s General Audit Department has checked 182 units of the ministry and noticed that tens of tonnes of gasoline and diesel were missing, according to a press release from the institution, quoted by Mediafax.

The audit was conducted on November 14-18, by order of the minister of interior, and was aimed at determining the exact stocks of fuel, how accounting records are kept and how fuel amounts are inventoried, the release says. The 182 units checked belong to the police, the gendarmerie, the Emergency Situations Inspectorate and other bodies subordinated to the Interior Ministry.

The Audit Department found that 24.3 tonnes of gasoline and eight tonnes of diesel were missing from the Tulcea Police In­spec­torate. Missing quantities were also reported with the Arad police (13.34 tonnes of gasoline and 3.5 tonnes of diesel), the Sibiu Emer­gency Situations Inspectorate (0.9 tonners of gasoline and 9.16 tonnes of diesel), the Brasov Emer­gen­cy Situations Inspecto­rate (two tonnes gasoline, 3.76 tonnes diesel) and the Timis Border Police (0.8 tonnes diesel). The situation was brought to the attention of prosecutors in all the above mentioned areas. Commenting on the matter, a spokesperson for the Brasov Emergency Situations Inspec­torate, Ciprian Sfreja, said the institution is already conducting checks into the disappearance of the fuel, underlining however that “there is yet no indication of theft.”

“We are conducting an inquiry to determine the cause. We don’t know for sure right now, but there is yet no indication of theft because several causes can be taken into consideration, including a possible crack in one of the tanks,” Sfreja told Mediafax.

The Arad Police Inspectorate meanwhile said the fuel that disappeared from its management was not actually missing, but was being stored with a specialized company. The company in question has however filed for insolvency and its director is being probed for fraudulent management, an Arad police official said. Spokesperson Ovidiu Liber added that the fuel was stored with this company because the local police have no appropriate storage facilities for gasoline and diesel.

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