Head of Antifraud Directorate prosecuted for influence peddling

Romeo Florin Nicolae, Head of the ANAF’s General Antifraud Directorate, is prosecuted for influence peddling. He allegedly demanded EUR 5,000 from a businessman in 2010, back when he was ANAF’s Superior Advisor, in exchange for making sure that a tax enforcement decision would be resolved in favour of the businessman’s company.
ANAF President Gelu Diaconu announced that he has asked Prime Minister Victor Ponta to suspend Nicolae “until the situation is clarified.”
Romeo Florin Nicolae showed up at DNA Ploiesti on Wednesday, accompanied by his lawyer, in order to be heard by anticorruption prosecutors. He stated that he did nothing he could be blamed for. Asked whether he did something he could be blamed for, Romeo Florin Nicolae answered: “Out of the question.”
ANAF Vice President Romeo Florin Nicolae, coordinator of ANAF’s General Antifraud Directorate and General Customs Directorate, is a suspect in a corruption case, according to legal sources quoted by Mediafax.
According to his wealth statement, Nicolae’s wife works within Prahova County’s Public Finance Directorate and the two own three plots of land and three homes in Prahova County.
Nicolae was accompanied by Alexandru Chiciu, the defence lawyer of Elena Udrea, Monica Iacob Ridzi and Bucharest Mayor Sorin Oprescu.
Romeo Florin Nicolae was appointed by Premier Victor Ponta at the helm of the General Antifraud Directorate two years ago. If the prosecutors’ accusations are confirmed, Romeo Nicolae could be sentenced to 2-7 years in jail.

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