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January 27, 2023

Corruption suspicions on CFR and Regiotrans

DNA prosecutors conducted searches on Wednesday in Bucharest, Brasov and Ilfov at 19 addresses, including the headquarters of public institutions such as RC-CF Trans Brasov, the National Company CFR SA and the Regional Branch of CFR Brasov, but also to the headquarters of commercial companies and the private residences of certain persons, in a file concerning corruption crimes in the field of private passengers railway transportation. Afterwards, the manager of the private railway operator Regiotrans, Florin Hadarean, was called to attend a hearing at the National Anti-Corruption Directorate (DNA), in a file of bribe-taking charges against officials of the Ministry of Transportation and CFR for allegedly favouring certain companies at the auctions.

Also, Estrella Stefanescu, Head of the Transportation Following Service in CFR was brought in to the National Anti-Corruption Directorate (DNA) in order to be questioned in the file of accusations of bribe-taking for favoring certain companies at the auctions, concerning several officials in CFR and in the Ministry of Transportation.

At the entrance to the DNA headquarters, Stefanescu declared that she had no connection whatsoever to the inquiry performed in this file and that she was unaware why she was brought in. According to Mediafax, Stefanescu had allegedly favoured the companies of businesspersons Iorgu Ganea and Costel Comana at the auctions, receiving in return various goods and services, including a gas card, accommodations at various resorts, mobile telephones and money to offer as a wedding gift.

According to a press release issued by DNA, prosecutors are investigating a criminal case based on suspicions related to corruption crimes and deeds assimilated to corruption crimes in the field of private railway transportation of passengers and subventions, crimes committed during 2008 – 2013.

One of the suspects is Costache Nicolau, former manager of CFR Regional Infrastructure Brasov, suspected of having received bribe from Vasile Fanea, manager of Vest Construct, in order to favour Fanea’s company and attribute him a contract for certain works. Moreover, in the same file, Claudiu Dumitrescu, manager in the Ministry of Transportation, is suspected of having been bribed by Brasov businessman Ganea Iorgu, for favouring the private transportation company Feroviar RC-CF Trans.


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