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June 26, 2022

Ex-Minister Darius Valcov brought to trial for influence peddling and money laundering

Darius Valcov, currently under arrest, has been brought to trial by the DNA prosecutors on charges of influence peddling, money laundering and financial operations or acts of trade incompatible with his posts as mayor, senator or minister.

The National Anticorruption Department (DNA) has referred the case concerning Darius Bogdan Valcov – ex-Slatina Mayor, ex-Finance Minister, currently PSD Senator – to the High Court of Cassation and Justice, also proposing that the measure of preventive remand should be kept during the proceedings.

In the same case, the DNA prosecutors also brought to trial Minel Florin Prina, former Mayor of Slatina, currently on house arrest, for complicity in influence peddling and money laundering.

Businessman Lucian Petrut Susala, also on house arrest, will be on trial for complicity to influence peddling, money laundering and forgery of documents.

Petre Bogdan Timofte and Constantin Cristian Tomescu, currently subject to a probation order, have been sent before the Court on charges of complicity in influence peddling, money laundering and forgery of documents.

The prosecutors are asking the Court to keep the preventive and insurance measures enforced during the criminal investigation phase in the case of Prina, Susala, Timofte and Tomescu.

According to the indictment forwarded to the Court, in 2009, the manager of a company asked Darius Valcov – at the time the Mayor of Slatina – to talk to decision-makers from SC Compania de Apa SA in order to help the company be awarded public works contracts in Slatina, Scornicesti, Piatra Olt and Draganesti. The businessman allegedly promised the mayor 20% of the sums to be cashed by the company (exclusive of VAT).

Darius Valcov is also charged with the fact that, from April to December 2011, he received from the businessman, via ex-Slatina Mayor Minel Florin Prina, a total of RON 2.5 M in five instalments of RON 500,000 each. The money was paid by Prina in Slatina.

Valcov also allegedly received, in 2012 and 2013, RON 3,080,000 from the same businessman, via a number of companies.

Darius Valcov is also charged with the fact that, starting from 2011, he performed financial operations or acts of trade incompatible with his position as a mayor, senator and minister, using information in his possession by virtue of his posts, in connection with seven companies owned by him in reality but managed through other persons, by that obtaining total benefits of RON 2,272,200.

According to the investigators, Darius Valcov allegedly obtained several assets including three gold bars with a combined weight of 3 kg, a painting with gold-tone frame signed Renoir, a painting signed Jean Cocteau and a painting on wood signed Aurel Acasandrei, plus USD 90,000 and RON 1,323,850.

The prosecutors froze the there gold bars worth RON 465,355, 172 works of art worth RON 2,558,658, GBP 63,010, EUR 290,334, USD 73,077, USD 90,000, RON 1,322,950 and RON 600,000.

Darius Vâlcov was under house arrest from 26 March to 2 April, when he was remanded in custody.

From August 2014 to December 2014, Darius Valcov was Minister Delegate for Budget and since the end of 2014 until 20 March 2015 he was the Minister of Public Finance.



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