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Dragos Nedelcu and Bogdan Mitu, under preventive arrest for tax evasion and money laundering

The High Court of Cassation and Justice (ICCJ) decided to order to preventive arrest of Dragos Nedelcu, former member in the Administration Board of the company Realitatea Media, as well as of Bogdan Mitu, the manager of the company Tape Computer, in a file of tax evasion and money laundering that also includes charges against MPs Gabriel Mutu and Ernest Caloianu.
On Wednesday evening, ICCJ judges approved the proposal forwarded by the prosecutors of the Directorate for Investigating Organized Crime and Terrorism (DIICOT) and ordered the issuing of preventive arrest warrants for 90 days, for Dragos Nedelcu and Bogdan Mitu.
The decision may be appealed at the High Court Five-Judge Panel.
According to DIICOT, Dragos Nedelcu, as manager of the companies Nuts Consulting LTD and Pathway Advisors LTD, joined the criminal group and, accompanied by Ana Maria Armanca Muntean, an associate to both companies, helped by the actual manager of the companies, Iulian Nedelcu, earned approximately RON 6 million by specific money laundering operations. The investigators declared that the three accomplices knew that the money came from tax evasion and inadequate use of company credit.
Bogdan Viorel Mitu allegedly cashed approximately RON 11 million, by money laundering, from the accounts of the company Tape Computer LTD, where he worked as a manager and was also one of the associates. Moreover, he supplied the other members of the criminal group forged invoices issued by ghost companies and cash withdrawn after specific money laundering operations, totalising RON 10,606,945, keeping an errand of ten per cent.
Allegedly, the criminal group was founded some time during 2010 – 2014 by Ion Tomescu, besides other persons who used ghost companies to launder money. These companies omitted to declare the actual headquarters of their activity, so that authorities could not check them financially and so that they could avoid paying taxes to the state budget.
According to investigators, the members of the group used ghost companies in order to transfer money coming from criminal procedures among the accounts of the companies.

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