Businessman Ilie Carabulea and his son Oprea Carabulea on Wednesday evening were detained by prosecutors with the Sibiu Directorate for Investigating Organized Crime and Terrorism (DIICOT), along with five others. The other five detained are Angela Toncescu, Liviu Stoicescu, Maria Cosa, Georgeta Crideanu and Gheorghe Nasarau.
They are all investigated in a case of organsied crime group establishment, abuse of office, tax evasion and money laundering in relation with the business of the Carpatica Asigurari insurer.
Ilie Carabulea, his son Oprea and the five are at the detention centre of the Sibiu County Police Inspectorate (IPJ) and they will be brought to the Sibiu Tribunal to be ordered under pre-trial detention.
The DIICOT Sibiu prosecutors are investigating 10 suspects of organised crime group establishment, abuse of office, information fraud, willful misrepresentation in official documents and use thereof, embezzlement, tax evasion and money laundering in relation with Carpatica Asigurari.
The damage is set at nearly 70,000,000 lei.
As many as 27 persons were brought to the Sibiu offices of DIICOT for hearings.
Thirteen searches were conducted at the addresses and offices of Carpatica SA insurer in Bucharest City.
Judiciary sources say that in late 2014 – early 2015, Oprea Carabulea, a proxy of the company’s CEO Ilie Carbulea, Daniel Micu, Georgeta Crideanu, Ana Popa and allegedly established an organised crime ring to commit offences that would shield the financial interests of Carpatica Asigurari and avoid the suspension of its business licence on the Romanian insurance market.