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October 27, 2021

College of Physicians Chief Vasile Astarastoae, sent in court

The chief of the College of Physicians, Vasile Astarastoae was sent in court for conflict of interests. Prosecutors say that, when he was also director of the Iasi Institute of Forensic Medicine, Astarastoae hired himself in order to receive important sums from European funds.
According to the accusation, Vasile Astarastoae paid himself for 36 months in a European project, thus obtaining more than RON 130,000 plus the monthly salary as head of project, which amounts to some RON 9,000. “In this project, the defendant, as director of IML, signed work contracts and service providing contracts with himself, as he signed as both employer and employee,” prosecutor Adina Bocai from the Iasi Court of Appeals said, quoted by Mediafax.
The project with European money ran for 3 years and aimed at forming 200 doctors in management. The value of the project is RON 8.7 M.
The accusation mentions that the rector of UMF was questioned by Iasi prosecutors and explained that he was secondary credit taker when the two contracts were signed. Astarastoae however told Mediafax that he did not receive the accusation or any writ informing him that he is formally charged, and learned the news from journalists.
According to Digi 24, this is not the only case against Vasile Astarastoae, who is also tried for acts of corruption, under the accusation that he and some subordinates committed several illegalities in a tender held by the Iasi University of Medical Science.

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