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November 26, 2022

Convicts in corruption trials, still owners of their wealth: Prejudice recovery blocked by divorces

The money earned from criminal offences are still hard to recover by the state. One such example is that of former Transport Minister Relu Fenechiu. Although he was sentenced to prison a year and a half ago, neither did he, nor the other defendants in the file pay anything of the total prejudice of over EUR one million. In the meantime, founding an agency that would help recovering the illegally earned money is being blocked in the Parliament, digi24.ro reports.

Relu Fenechiu is a former Transportation Minister. Last January, the High Court of Cassation and Justice convicted him definitively to five years of applicable prison for complicity to abuse of office. Together with his brother, he had sold overpriced old transformers to the company Electrica Moldova. He had also benefited of the complicity of the company managers at that time. Judges established that Relu Fenechiu and the other defendants would pay a total prejudice of EUR 1,300,000.

A year after Fenechiu was sent to prison, no sum was paid. Now, the ex-Minister has been sued by his ex-wife for marital property division, which blocks the payment of the owed sum. In the meantime, Electrica Moldova entered dissolution. A private company was assigned to recover the prejudice.

The footballers’ transfer trial that has sent behind bars one of the richest men in football is another example. Although he was recently released on probation, Jean Padureanu did not pay the USD 200,000 prejudice.

The same happened to Ioan Becali, convicted to six years and four months in prison.

“Ioan Becali was convicted in 2012 and there is a sum of RON 17 million that needs to be recovered, but he has no registered property and, obviously, not even one RON can be recovered if he has no registered goods”, Prime Minister Victor Ponta had declared this spring.

The Government had proposed a draft law for founding an agency assigned to recover the sums of money owed by convicts. The normative act is in the Senate. During the meeting of June 30, the approval of the law was postponed.

The Head Prosecutor of DNA had pointed out, too, that the state is losing by failing to recover the money gained illegally by offenders.

“In order to achieve the purpose of the criminal law, it is important that a convicted person would not keep the fortune they have gained through crimes”, Laura Codruta Kovesi, Head Prosecutor of DNA had declared this year.

There were also examples when the convicts paid the prejudice immediately. It is the case of former Prime Minister Adrian Nastase and of footballer Gheorghe Popescu, digi24.ro points out.


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