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February 7, 2023
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Pitesti mayor under investigation for corruption

Pitesti Mayor Tudor Pendiuc was brought to the National Anti-corruption Department (DNA) yesterday for questioning in his corruption case, following searches conducted by the investigators at his home address and at the Municipality. Pendiuc is under investigation for corruption offences allegedly committed between 2007 and 2014, in connection with public procurement contracts with approximate damages of EUR 1 M.
Pendiuc said he did not know what he was under investigation for. ‘I don’t know, but, given the current stage of development in Romania, one can expect anything’, the mayor said.
His daughter, reportedly also involved in the case, reported to DNA as well.
Searches were also made at the head offices of a number of companies and at the homes of other individuals in both Pitesti and Bucharest. According to Mediafax, the case concerns the public passenger transport service provided in the last seven years by an association of companies and Pitesti City Council that allocated subsidies of over RON 50 M for public transport from the local budget.
During the search, a female employee of the Pitesti Municipality who was alone in the building lost consciousness. The Municipality employee, who woks as a cleaning lady, suffered a panic attack when the DNA prosecutors and the special intervention forces descended into the building. The ambulance medics attended for her and she did not need to be taken to hospital.
Tudor Pendiuc became the leader of PSD Arges after the ex-president of the county organisation, Constantin Nicolescu, had been convicted in a case of conflict of inertest. Pendiuc is one of the most longeval mayors in Romania. He was first elected as mayor of Pitesti in 1992 and has been in the same office ever since, being re-elected every four years.

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