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June 26, 2022

‘Meat Mobsters’ – Bank accounts & assets of 40 farms seized

DNA prosecutors have seized the bank accounts and assets of 40 Romanian farms, and 50 real estate properties, along with cash and jewelry found upon searches conducted as part of the ‘Meat Case’, in which a widespread net of tax evasion presumably caused over EUR 70 million in damages, according to Romania Libera. The investigation also revealed the 40 farms helped distribute hundreds of tons of expired poultry meat or poultry meat infected with salmonella, as was the case of Avicola Calarasi. Of the 29 persons detained in relation to this case, 16 were remanded in custody by the High Court of Cassation and Justice. Among them are the three Lebanese citizens who were allegedly protected by PSD senator Nicolae Badalau and chief prosecutor Angela Nicolae, Romania Libera notes. Four of the defendants, namely Moubarak Mahmoud Sleiman, Abdul Mounim Al Zaid, Rami Ghaziri and Zayed Hussein, are also under criminal investigation, having been charged by the National Anticorruption Directorate – Regional Division Ploiesti for similar deeds committed between May 2010 and August 2012. They are charged with initiating or constituting a criminal organized group, tax evasion, money laundering by transfer of assets known to be attained by tax evasion in order to cover or dissimulate the illicit origin of those assets and for purposes of illegal VAT deduction.

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