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Sorin Blejnar, accused of tax evasion

Sorin Blejnar, the former chief of ANAF, is probed by the DNA in a tax evasion case, along with former Customs chief Viorel Comanita (sacked by PM Victor Ponta on May 16) and the former head of the Intelligence and Internal Protection Service (SIPI) Constanta, Dan Secareanu. The circle of suspects also includes businessman Radu Nemes and his wife, for complicity to tax evasion related to the import of oil products, judiciary sources say. Anticorruption prosecutors allegedly initiated a criminal probe against these suspects, in the same case that has Blejnar’s former cabinet chief Codrut Marta as suspect.The investigationAccording to DNA sources, prosecutors conducted as many as 40 searches in this case, which started from businessman Radu Nemes. The companies he controls with his wife and mistress imported to Romania oil products of a certain quality, which they declared as being of inferior quality. According to the sources, the purpose of this illegal procedure was to pay much smaller excise duties for the oil products, which were then sold on the black market at a much higher price. As for Blejnar, Comanita and Secareanu, DNA sources said that they knew about the illegal operations of the companies controlled by Nemes, but they either did not intervene, or supported them.

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