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January 25, 2022
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Drobeta Turnu Severin Local Police chief investigated for tax fraud



Nicolae Micsoniu, the chief of Drobeta Turnu Severin Local Police, and his wife were picked up from their residence on Thursday by police in order to be interrogated, following searches conducted in Mehedinti, Gorj, Dolj, Timis, Dambovita and Bucharest, aiming to dismantle a crime ring specializing in tax fraud and money laundering. On leaving the house, Micsoniu said hello to journalists, but refused to make statements. The police officers have also carried out searches at the headquarters of a security company owned by the family of Nicolae Micsoniu, Vigilent Security. The company, headquartered in Drobeta Turnu Severin, sealed service contracts with public institutions, such as the city’s County Hospital and the Autonomous Administration for Nuclear Activities (RAAN).
The DIICOT (Directorate for Investigating Organized Crime and Terrorism) prosecutors and Organized Crime officers conducted 85 searches on Thursday morning in Mehedinti, Gorj, Dolj, Timis, Dambovita and Bucharest. According to official sources, alleged members of the crime ring include several businessmen, as well as the family of Nicolae Micsoniu. The members of the ring were allegedly recording fictitious invoices for the companies they had as majority shareholders or associates. According to a DIICOT release, the crime ring has provided these invoices in exchange for fees ranging between 4-10 per cent of their face value, and their equivalent value was paid by bank transfers in the accounts of the issuing companies. “Subsequently, the amounts were withdrawn in cash the same day they were collected, and after withdrawing the respective amounts and deducting the established fees, the ring’s leaders returned the money to their business partners, who reintroduced the cash in the property of their companies,” reads the release. According to DIICOT, between 2009 and 2013, the companies controlled by the group’s leaders have made false deliveries of goods to several firms, which have artificially reduced their revenues subjects to taxes. This situation caused losses of nearly RON 28.9 million, representing VAT and profit taxes unlawfully deducted.
Several officials investigated by DIICOT
Chief Commissioner Traian Berbeceanu, head of BCCO (Brigade against Organized Crime) in Alba Iulia, was remanded in custody last months and then arrested for charges of collaboration with a criminal group specializing in tax evasion. George Margarit, DIICOT (Directorate for Investigating Organized Crime and Terrorism) prosecutor, is being investigated by his superiors for not having returned RON 100,000 of the institution’s funds. The investigators claim that he gambled the money in online poker.

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