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DNA collects documents concerning Romanian Lottery case from Ministry of Finance

The National Anticorruption Directorate (DNA) prosecutors on Wednesday took documents from the Ministry of Finance, relevant to a case concerning the Romanian Lottery.
The judicial sources have told Mediafax that, in the case concerning the Romanian Lottery, the investigators considered, among other elements, a report by the Ministry of Finance Control Body.
The quoted sources say the Finance Ministry representatives are making available to the anticorruption prosecutors the requested documents.
DNA deals with a case regarding a contract awarded by the Romanian Lottery when it was headed by Gheorghe Benea (2009 – 2012) to Shelter Security, owned by Alin Ionescu, the husband of pop singer Cristina Spatar, which caused damages of 10 million euro. Alin Ionescu was interviewed by DNA end of May, and judicial sources said at the time that the case had started from information from a Court of Auditors’ report.
In October 2014, DNA conducted checks on the Romanian Lottery regarding a public procurement procedure. At that point, the investigation was in the phase of determining the damage caused to the state budget, DNA officials were telling Mediafax, also noting that ‘criminal investigation procedures’ were being conducted in the case.
Judicial sources say the probe was with regard to the agreements by and between the Romanian Lottery and the Greek Intralot company.
The Romanian Lottery and Intralot initiated their cooperation back in 2003, under a ten-year agreement covering lottery games and support services, which expired in December 2013. After that date, the original agreement was repeatedly extended by additional deeds.
In 2013, the Competition Council fined with 16.85 million lei (approximately 3.76 million euro) the Romanian Lottery, Intralot SA Integrated Lottery Systems and Services, Intracom Holdings, for anti-competitive arrangements. According to the agreement that matured in 2013, Intralot was getting 7.5% of total lottery sales for the technical assistance provided for running the electronic equipment.
In August 2013, the Romanian Lottery opened a call for technical and financial tenders for the implementation of a new lottery game system and support services. The call was for both a global price for the acquisition of a key-turn service and the offering of a share of the gross profit obtained from the association of the Lottery with the contracting party, both for a period of 10 years.
The best offer was made by Intralot, according to a Lottery assessment as well as a report by the Tuca Zbarcea si Asociatii law firm, hired for that purpose.
On 25 June 2014, Finance Minister Ioana Petrescu signed an order empowering the state representatives on the Romanian Lottery General Shareholders Assembly to empower, in their turn, the Board of Directors and the executive leadership of the company to begin negotiations for the conclusion of a participation association agreement on the operation of a new lottery system. Petrescu issued the order as the latest additional deed to the existing agreement with Intralot was to expire on 30 June 2014.
The participation association agreement was in connection with the 6/49, 5/40, Joker, Noroc, Noroc Plus, Super Noroc, Pronosport, Pronosport S games and the support services.
Ioana Petrescu was stating at the time that a more advantageous agreement was being negotiated for the Romanian Lottery.
Ioana Petrescu was noting that a Control Body report on the Romanian Lottery had been finalised and the former directors or Board members mentioned in the document were going to be brought to justice.


MFP: DNA does not search Ministry of Finance, they requested documents in writing, we are giving them

‘DNA is not conducting searches at the Ministry of Public Finance (MFP). They have asked for documents on the checks made by the Minister’s Control Body on C.N. Loteria Romana. The request was made on 28 September this year, in writing’, reads a press release issued by the Ministry of Finance.
At the same time, the Ministry officials note that the requesting of documents by DNA is a common practice.
‘We stress that the Ministry of Public Finance is making available to DNA all the requested documents’, the communiqué further states.
The judicial sources have told Mediafax that, in the case concerning the Romanian Lottery, the investigators considered, among other elements, a report by the Ministry of Finance Control Body.
The quoted sources say the Finance Ministry representatives are making available to the anticorruption prosecutors the requested documents.
The sources would not say when the case concerning the Romanian Lottery was opened and if the investigation is just for offences or people are also under investigation.

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