The National Anticorruption Directorate (DNA) prosecutors conducted, on Thursday, eight domiciliary searches in Tulcea City, including the headquarters of a public organisation, in a corruption case from 2014.
“Prosecutors of the National Anticorruption Directorate, the Galati Service, are conducting probes into a criminal case over suspicions related to corruption offences committed in 2014. On May 28, following the issue of the legal warrants, domiciliary searches are conducted in eight locations of Tulcea City, including the headquarters of a public institution and seven registered offices of companies and individual residences,” DNA reports in a press release.
Judiciary sources say the searches include the Tulcea City Hall and the office of the mayor Constantin Hogea, who is targeted by the DNA investigation along with a businessman. The same sources say there are also suspicions of bribe taking offences.
According to the 2013 assets disclosure, Mayor Hogea and his wife own eight plots of land in Tulcea, Maliuc and Cerna, acquired from 1993 to 2009. He also has an 80 sq m flat in Tulcea and an 140 sq m house bought in 2002. The mayor of Tulcea also has another house in Cerna, measuring 120 sq m, which he bought in 1993. Afterwards, he bought a 51 sq m apartment in Bucharest, according to adevarul.ro. Two years later, his wealth grew with a new apartment in Tulcea, with an area of 85 sq m. Since 2011, the mayor has also managed to buy 52 sq m commercial space in Tulcea. All the properties he owns in common with his wife.
The mayor of Tulcea went under the scrutiny of the National Integrity Agency (ANI) in 2012, for inconsistencies between his declared assets and actual income.