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August 14, 2022

New criminal case against former mayor Gheorghe Stefan

National Anticorruption Directorate (DNA) prosecutors have started a new criminal probe against Gheorghe Stefan, the Democrat Liberal Mayor of Piatra Neamt. Stefan is accused of using his influence in order to appoint a person close to him at the helm of the Romanian Post, and of then using a company in order to take over the Post’s online bill payment services. The damage caused to the Romania Post surpasses EUR 4.7 M. Stefan won for himself or for others over EUR 135,000 through this scheme, the money being used for the television channel owned by his children, for Ceahlaul Piatra Neamt FC’s training stage in Italy as well as for a holiday in Mamaia for him and his wife, according to the DNA.

Gheorghe Stefan, the former Democrat Liberal Mayor of Piatra Neamt, is charged with influence peddling, 8 counts of money laundering and instigating malfeasance in office. Florin Aurelian Ciobotaru, former deputy director of the Romanian Post, is charged with malfeasance in office, Marian Constantinof, a businessman who was controlling the Posh Telecom Solutions company through middlemen, is charged with being an accessory to malfeasance in office, and Cosmin Dragos Mihailescu is charged with being an accessory to malfeasance in office.


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