Prosecutors with the criminal investigation department of the Prosecutor’s Office with the High Court of Cassation and Justice (PICCJ) have proposed on Friday afternoon the preventive arrest for several defendants with leading positions in the Mediafax Group, apprehended for tax evasion, money laundering or accessories to such crimes.
The defendants are Daniela Cozac, Roxana Grigoruta, Sorin Dinu and Gheorghe Chis.
Prosecutors have started the criminal investigation on the four above-mentioned, as well as on the SC Mediafax Group SA, under the accusation of money laundering, at the notification of the Tax Anti-Fraud General Directorate.
“The total prejudice to the consolidated general state budget, through the criminal activity unfolded by the defendants is 16,809,964 lei,” a release of the PICCJ sent to Agerpres on Friday informs.
(1 euro= 4.4 lei)
According to the prosecutors, through a Decision on April 23 2013 the Mediafax Group SA was given the possibility to gradually pay on a 24-month period its exigible tax obligations worth 3,949,358 lei. In this respect, the commercial company, its representatives and certain persons within some lawyers’ offices involved in the approval of legality of the documents of this company have created and enforced, continually, a theft scheme from paying taxes and dues, thus implicating the founding of some shadow-firms on the name of some persons with no material possibilities, by taking advantage of those situation, firms which were involved in the commercial circuit thus built.
“This way, SC Mediafax Group SA was being protected, the responsibility of paying taxes and dues being transferred to the other companies, against which the measures of blocking their bank accounts for not paying their taxes and dues or of foreclosure, were futile because they had no assets in their patrimony to be foreclosed,” the release adds.