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January 25, 2022

Irina Socol, former head of Siveco, convicted to prison in final executory sentence

Irina Socol, former Siveco Romania CEO, was convicted to two years and six months in prison in a final executory sentence pronounced on Tuesday in the case in which she was charged with tax evasion in the IT trading domain.

Bucharest Court of Appeals judges admitted on Tuesday the appeals filed by the Prosecutor’s Office, Irina Socol and six other persons against the first Bucharest Court ruling pronounced in the summer of 2015. Thus, the magistrates overruled the first decision and, following the retrial, decided to sentence Irina Socol to two years and six months in jail. She had been sentenced to three years and six months in jail by the court of first instance.

The Bucharest Court of Appeals decision is final and executory and Irina Socol will be jailed. She has been under house arrest since November 2014. Prior to that, she spent two months under arrest.

Aurora Ecaterina Crusti, former Siveco Romania Deputy Commercial CEO, Tiberiu Grabany, Dumitru Constantinescu, Valentina Gogu Mihai and Nicolae Gogu Mihai were also tried in the same case. Valentina Gogu Mihai and Nicolae Gogu Mihai were sentenced to two years in jail, final suspended sentence.

Aurora Ecaterina Crusti was sentence to two years and six months in jail, executory sentence. The court of first instance had sentenced her to six years and six months in jail.

Sentenced to six years in jail in the court of first instance, Tiberiu Grabany and Dumitru Constantinescu had their sentences reduced by half.

Prosecutors had arraigned Irina Socol in November 2014, accusing her of creating a tax evasion mechanism in which she involved the company she set up, after attracting several accomplices. The latter pleaded guilty and detailed the way in which the crimes were committed.

Prosecutors showed that the crime ring created a network of over 50 companies that registered in their documents fictitious transactions worth approximately EUR 10 M, from 2009 to 2013.

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