The National Anticorruption Directorate (DNA) prosecutors have frozen the assets of the Mayor of Bucharest District 1, Andrei Chiliman. The amount is a record one. The Mayor of District 1 is accused of causing a loss to the budget worth approximately EUR 670 M, according to Realitatea TV.
It seems that this will be the highest value of frozen assets in Romania. The damage is higher by 250 million than the one mentioned in the case concerning the ex-Mayor of Bucharest District 5, Marian Vanghelie, deemed until today the biggest public money ‘robbery’.
Andrei Chiliman’s entire fortune will be frozen, DNA informs. According to the prosecutors, Andrei Chiliman is accused of setting up an organised criminal group and of complicity in continuous influence peddling.
Concretely, the criminal group obtained from the representatives of two companies, the beneficiaries of public works contracts (energy efficiency projects involving residential buildings in District1 of Bucharest, including services for the monitoring of worksites using worksite masters) RON 300,000 and RON 38,481,488.
The money represented 10% of the payments made by the District 1 Municipality from 2007 to 2014, under the agreements it had in place.
Andrei Chiliman was taken into custody for 24 hours, but the judges declined the prosecutors’ arrest request, The High Court of Cassation and Justice decided to place him on probation during investigation, for 60 days.
Andrei Chiliman reported to Bucharest Police Station 1 Monday morning to sign some papers, then he went to DNA Ploiesti where the co-defendants in his case were questioned. After his visit to the Police, the mayor said he was not a friend of Sebastian Ghita, also investigated into on probation, in the same case. ‘There is no evidence, when there is , we’ll talk about it’, Chiliman said.