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May 18, 2022

Kovesi: Prosecutors probe 28,000 cases of tax evasion

The prosecutor general of Romania, Laura Codruta Kovesi yesterday announced that prosecutors are probing over 28,000 cases of tax evasion, with 3,000 files being opened in March this year alone. Asked about the collaboration with the Wealth Control Department, which recently received a new head in the person of former ANAF chief Sorin Blejnar, Kovesi said that prosecutors welcome the new structure, because all cases where the state has been defrauded require a financial investigation that will identify the assets which may be confiscated. “Until now, in all the cases involving a loss we asked the National Agency for Fiscal Administration (ANAF) to provide a list of assets identified as properties of the suspects – houses, lands – which could be impounded,” Kovesi explained, quoted by Mediafax.Asked about the collaboration between the Public Ministry and ANAF, Kovesi said that things went well. “Within inter-institutional groups, we talked many times about the communication issues that appeared, or the problems concerning historic situations. In 2011, we were notified about deeds committed in 2005, 2006. There are many situations defined by the lawmaker as tax evasion, which however did not cause losses. Article 4 of the Law that combats tax evasion incriminates as crime any failure to submit accounting papers. There are thousands of notifications about such deeds, which did not produce losses, but prosecutors still must probe them,” the general prosecutor explained.Also yesterday, Kovesi announced that 12 positions are vacant in the top structures of the Public Ministry, an issue which she will discuss with the minister of Justice at the end of May. In the context, Kovesi – whose mandate ends in October – reminded that the position of first deputy general prosecutor is still vacant, as well as that of head of the Penal and Criminal Department of the Prosecutor’s Office of the High Court of Cassation and Justice.

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