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Nicusor Constantinescu investigated in helicopter crash case

Constanta County Council’s suspended chairman Nicusor Constantinescu (photo) is investigated in another case handled by the National Anti-corruption Directorate (DNA), a case that concerns the way in which the helicopter that crashed in Mamaia’s Siutghiol Lake in December 2014 was purchased. The crash left four people dead.

Nicusor Constantinescu is investigated for malfeasance in office. According to investigators, in 2011, as part of a project financed from the Operational Program on Cross-border Cooperation, the Constanta County Council, following Constantinescu’s decision, purchased a helicopter in order to improve emergency rescue activities at the border between Romania’s Constanta County and Bulgaria’s Dobrich District.

On 1 July 2013, Nicusor Constantinescu placed the helicopter, purchased with public funds, at the disposal of the aforementioned juridical person which was never a signatory of the partnership agreement on whose basis the non-reimbursable financing was obtained and the helicopter was purchased. Constanta County’s suspended chairman thus changed the direct beneficiaries of the investment, as well as the use of the helicopter.

Nicusor Constantinescu is currently under house arrest, having been placed there in another case handled by the DNA, one in which he is accused, among other things, of signing several illegal contracts with various companies.

Nicusor Constantinescu has been arraigned by anticorruption prosecutors in two other criminal cases too. In one of them he is accused of not subjecting himself to a Court of Accounts audit, while in the other he is accused of illegally offering plots of land.

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