JUSTICE

Mayor Robert Negoita probed for tax evasion

National Anticorruption Directorate (DNA) prosecutors announced on Thursday that Bucharest District 3 Mayor Robert Negoita (in office since 2012) is prosecuted for crimes allegedly committed while he was the manager of several commercial companies. Negoita is accused of tax evasion (continuous offence), according to a DNA communiqué.

Robert Negoita showed up at the National Anticorruption Directorate (DNA) on Thursday morning. He told journalists that the case dates back from 2009 and has nothing to do with his activity as mayor.

“It’s a case from 2009 and has nothing to do with my political activity. We will talk when I’ll leave. It concerns the complaint that Sorin Blejnar filed against me in 2009,” Robert Negoita stated before the hearings, pointing out that he is a suspect in the case.

He reiterated that he has announced his intention to run for another term in office, pointing out that this legal case will not change his decision because it does not affect his activity.

Prosecutors claim that, in 2005-2009, Negoita built three residential centres consisting of villas, apartment buildings and parking lots in Bucharest, Voluntari and Popesti Leordeni, in order to sell them.

“In 2005-2009, using the resources of the companies he managed, suspect Negoita Robert Sorin built three residential centres made up of houses and parking lots and sold, on his own behalf, 1,250 of these houses, hiding this economic activity by not registering as a person who has to pay VAT, without declaring and without paying RON 77,148,021 in VAT,” prosecutors claim.

The DNA points out that Negoita started to sell the houses in December 2005, without registering the economic activity with the local tax authorities and without paying the taxes owed.

“From 10 January 2016 to 13 July 2009, he carried out 1,250 real-estate transactions, consisting of the sale of houses and related plots of land, activities from which he obtained RON 364,714,645 in revenue. Bearing in mind that Negoita Robert Sorin actively sold the houses built in the three residential centres through means similar to those used by a provider of services or retailer, the activity he carried out qualifies as an economic activity for which he has the obligation to pay VAT. Negoita Robert Sorin did not declare the economic activity carried out as a person who has to pay VAT,” the DNA added.

Prosecutors also state that although according to the record in the books physical person Robert Negoita built the houses, after their construction they were presented at all real-estate trade fairs as residential centres belonging to one of the companies whose shareholder he was.

The total damage caused to the state budget is estimated at RON 77,148,021.

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