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September 25, 2020

MPs Madalin Voicu and Nicolae Paun indicted alongside ex-ANAF Director Gelu Diaconu

MPs Madalin Voicu (PSD) and Nicolae Paun (Roma Party), as well as Gelu Diaconu, former director of the Romanian Tax Authority (ANAF), have been indicted for embezzling European grants allocated for Roma communities and money laundering.

Madalin Voicu (photo) is charged with influence peddling, misrepresentation, money laundering and abuse of influence.

Nicolae Paun is charged with misrepresentation, embezzlement, money laundering and buying influence.

Carmen Olteanu, Madalin Voicu’s wife, Gelu Stefan Diaconu, ex-ANAF Director, and Mihai Gogancea Vatasoiu, ex-ANAF Deputy Director, have also been indicted.

The first charges concern the 2010-2013 period when the “Pro Europa” Roma Party Association, led by Nicolae Paun, implemented the “Social entrepreneurship, a chance for Roma communities” programme financed with European grants, the National Anticorruption Directorate (DNA) points out in a communique.

Nicolae Paun has been placed under pre-trial arrest in this case. The Lower Chamber did not lift Madalin Voicu’s immunity in order for him to be placed under pre-trial arrest too.

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