The Chief-Inspector of the Timis Territorial Labour Inspectorate (ITM), Cornelia Corescu, sent to trial on an influence peddling charge, was yesterday convicted and sentenced to three years and six months in prison.
Former PDL Executive Secretary Vasile Medesan was also convicted and sentenced to two years in prison in the same case. The decision is not final and may be appealed against within ten days.
Chief-Inspector Cornelia Corescu and Vasile Medesan were brought to justice at the beginning of October by the prosecutors with the National Anti-Corruption Directorate (DNA) – Timisoara Territorial Service, after they asked a party member to donate RON 10,000 to the PDL county organisation. In exchange for the money, Corescu suggested she would use her influence over her subordinates – labour inspectors – and convince them to enforce more lenient sanctions than required against the company managed by the denouncer, whose company had been previously inspected in respect of compliance with labour legislation.
Mediafax quotes PDL Timis sources as saying that the denouncer is Aurel Grindis, Executive Secretary of PDL Varias, who is partner in a construction company. The source also said the record of PDL Timis show ‘a derisory donation’ of RON 1,000 made by Grindis to the party.
Before the scandal boiled over, Cornelia Corescu was a member of the PDL Timis County Political Bureau and had led ITM Timis for seven years. In 2008, she was a PDL candidate for the Senate, but lost the elections. But this is not her first infringement. In September 2007, Labour Minister Paul Pacuraru (PNL) dismissed her with the reason that she had damaged the image of ITM Timis. Corescu was challenged by both the deputy head and regular employees of the institution, who accused her of unbecoming and untransparent attitude in work relations. Corescu appealed against the dismissal decision in court and won, being reinstated in 2009.