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January 23, 2021

DNA expands probe against son-in-law of former president Traian Basescu

National Anticorruption Directorate (DNA) prosecutors have expanded their charges against lawyer Radu Pricop, the son-in-law of Traian Basescu. He is now charged with instigating forgery after he advised Sergiu Lucinschi to sign a fictitious public notary contract. According to the DNA, from December 2014 to March 2015, Radu Pricop proposed to Sergiu Lucinschi, the son of a former Republic of Moldova president, the signing of a loan contract with a businessman, as a way of obtaining EUR 2 M from the latter.

Thus, Sergiu Lucinschi was supposed to falsely declare in front of a public notary that he loaned EUR 2 M to the businessman from 2008 to 2010. “By acting this way, defendant Pricop Radu Petru instigated the other defendant (Sergiu Lucinschi – editor’s note) to commit forgery on March 17 when the said contract was signed,” the aforementioned source pointed out.

Radu Pricop showed up at the DNA on Wednesday, where the prosecutors informed him of the new charges. On Tuesday, anticorruption prosecutors expanded their probe against Sergiu Lucinschi too, charging him with forgery and being an accessory to forgery.

According to the prosecutors’ report, Sergiu Lucinschi stated on March 17, in front of a public notary, that he had loaned EUR 2 M to a businessman from 2008 to 2010. “Through this premeditated act, defendant Sergiu Lucinschi instigated the public notary to commit forgery, unawares, when drafting and authenticating that loan contract. Criminal prosecution acts against other persons too are taking place in this case,” the DNA communiqué reads. Prosecutors have informed Sergiu Lucinschi of the charges brought against him.


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