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May 12, 2021

Managers of Bucharest heating utility RADET, on 29-day remand for bribery

General Manager of RADET Bucharest, Ion Voicu, economic manager Dan Mavrodin and operations and maintenance manager Ovidiu Gardus were accused of demanding bribes from two companies and were remanded Wednesday, under a warrant issued by the Bucharest Tribunal, Mediafax informs. The three had been detained Tuesday by the National Anticorruption Directorate (DNA). The prosecutors explained that Voicu and Mavrodin, in their capacity of the Bucharest RADET managers, demanded 130,000 euros (600,000 lei) in February from a commercial company representative so that they should begin making the payments for the delivered materials. The demanded money accounted for 10 percent of the amount that RADET owed that company under a contract. ‘Later on, such demanded percentage was cut to 4 percent and it was agreed that the tranches of money should be given the managers after the payments had been made. As part of this understanding, the two managers got a total 33,000 euros (148,800 lei) in three tranches over Feb. 13-March 21. The money was given Mavrodin, with part of these amounts being later on given to Voicu’, the DNA explained.
It added that Gardus received around 1,100 euros (5,000 lei) from the representative of the same commercial company on Feb. 25, which he had demanded so as not to exercise certain tasks incumbent on his position that would have had negative consequences on conducting the contracts closed by Bucharest RADET with that company.
‘On Jan. 22, Gardus received yet another amount of money, i.e. around 11,000 euros (50,000 lei), via the same person, from the representative of another commercial company that had contracts with Bucharest RADET, after having previously made the continued implementation of the contracts contingent on his getting that amount of money’, the anti-corruption prosecutors stressed.

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