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May 20, 2022

Former ANAF chief Sorin Blejnar, indicted for tax evasion

He is accused, alongside 14 others, of causing a loss of EUR 56 M through transactions with oil products. Blejnar: “I am innocent!”

The former president of the National Agency of Fiscal Administration (ANAF) Sorin Blejnar and the spouses Radu and Diana Nemes were formally charged with acts of tax evasion with oil products, which caused a loss of approximately EUR 56 M, Mediafax informs. According to the source, the probe against his former chief of cabinet, Codrut Marta will continue in a different file.
The National Anticorruption Directorate (DNA) sent in court Sorin Blejnar, president of ANAF at the date of the deeds, for complicity to tax evasion and forming am organized criminal group (in the form of support). “Finally, after 2 years, the investigation is complete. I am glad it is over. We will prove our innocence in court. I filed a request to conclude the file, motivated by the fact that, about one year ago, a panel of 3 judges from the High Court of Cassation and Justice gave a definitive verdict clearing me of any involvement in this case,” Blejnar said yesterday on Realitatea TV.
While Blejnar is free during the trial, Radu Nemes, the coordinator of the organized criminal group, is on remand, his wife Diana Nemes, administrator of SC Excella Real Grup SRL, is under house arrest and George Giului is also remanded in a different case, associate and manager of SC Excella Real Grup SRL Nicolae Balcescu, Constanta County, all of them for the concurrent crimes of tax evasion and forming an organized criminal group. Furthermore, 19 companies were charged with tax evasion or complicity to this crime, respectively money laundering.
According to the indictment act, during 2011 – 2012 the defendants formed an organized criminal group in view of doing crimes of tax evasion by avoiding the payment of fiscal obligations pertaining to transactions with approximately 90,000 tons of diesel fuel sold under the appearance of inferior oil products. The group was allegedly supported, in various forms, by Sorin Blejnar, his ex-chief of cabinet Codrut Alexandru Marta, Viorel Comanita and Florin Secareanu, which represented “the protection level”, and by Mariana Vrinceanu, Nicolae Belba, Lucian Ionescu, “who were subordinate to the other members and obeyed to their orders, knowing the purpose,” prosecutors wrote in the indictment act. Investigators affirm that Radu and Diana Nemes, George Guliu and SC Excella Real Grup SRL hid the taxable source corresponding to the real activities conducted by the company, registered in accounting books and tax statements fictive expenses referring to the purchase of crude oil and omitted to register the operations of diesel sale, in order to avoid the payment of fiscal obligations, thus causing a loss of RON 242,642,205.44 (approximately EUR 56 M) to the state budget. In the case it was ordered to maintain the securing measures on the mobile and immobile assets of the defendants, until the concurrence of the sum of RON 242,642,205.44, in view of recovering the loss caused to the state budget. The case will be tried at the Bucharest Court of Appeals.

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