Prosecutors with the National Anticorruption Directorate (DNA) have sent former Finance Minister Darius Valcov to court under court supervision for bribe taking while mayor of Slatina City and then Senator, two counts of bribe taking and influence peddling in a second criminal case.
DNA alleges that in November-December 2012, in his capacity as Slatina mayor, he demanded from a businessman – who told on him – 10 percent of the amounts cashed in by a company from the Slatina City Hall under a contract previously signed, while January 21 – June 13, 2013 he received in several installments from the company via an intermediary company, more than 2.1 million lei. The money was demanded in exchange for the businessman being protected against problems in the unfolding of the contract and being paid in due time for the works provided.
“The contract was for the drawing up of feasibility studies, technical studies and the execution of works for the weatherproofing of the facades of 131 blocks of flats in Slatina worth 24,833,258 lei, VAT excluded. The defendant did the same in the case of another contract concluded by the office he represented with another commercial company for the recovery of the historical area of Slatina under a contract worth 7,726,919 lei, VAT excluded,” DNA reported in a press statement released on Thursday.
In the case, the corruption prosecutors ordered a lien on assets (pieces of furniture used for the equipping of a hotel owned by Valcov in Slatina,) worth over 393,000 lei, and on 264,000 lei from an account of a commercial company Valcov controlled via third parties.
The case was distributed to the Bucharest Tribunal for judgement, with a proposal for the liens ordered to stay in place.