Businessman Horia Simu and Crinuta Dumitrean , former head of the National Property Restitution Agency (ANRP), were indicted on Friday for new corruption crimes concerning reparations paid for a plot of land located in the city of Constanta, the damage caused being estimated at over EUR 7.7 M.
Crinuta Dumitrean is charged with malfeasance in office and passive bribery, while Horia Simu is charged with active bribery and money laundering, a National Anticorruption Directorate (DNA) communique remitted to Mediafax shows.
According to the aforementioned source, Lower Chamber MP Marko Attila, Remus Baciu, Cristian Mihai, Oana Vasilescu, Dragos Bogdan, Catalin Teodorescu, Florentina Savu and Horatiu Dima have also been indicted.
The alleged corruption crimes concern the way in which reparations were paid for a plot of land in Constanta, whose litigation rights were bought by Horia Simu for EUR 700,000.
DNA prosecutors claim that after he bought the litigation rights Horia Simu turned to persons close to him and persons holding leadership positions within ANRP in order to expedite the payment of reparations.
“As a result of these overtures, on 26 May 2011, defendants Dumitrean Crinuta Nicoleta, Mihai Cristian Sebastian, Baciu Remus Virgil, Vasilescu Oana, Bogdan Dragos, Teodorescu Catalin Florin and Marko Attila Gabor, in their capacity as chairman and members of the Central Commission for the Appraisal of Reparations, by abusively exercising their prerogatives, in violation of Law no.247/2005 (on property and judiciary reform) and of other legal provisions, unanimously approved the appraisal report authored by appraisal expert Dima Alin Horatiu, the value of a 25-hectare plot of land located in the city of Constanta (the Bratianu – Anadalchioi area) being appraised at EUR 8.75 M (EUR 35 per square metre), the equivalent of RON 37,243,500,” the DNA report reads.
Thus, the DNA claims, the plot of land was overvalued by EUR 7,715,000. Investigators note in their report that the members of ANRP’s Commission approved the overvalued appraisal despite noting that “the land was situated outside Constanta’s built-up area and was used as arable land.”
“Moreover, the document did not outline the plot of land’s exact location, and in order to establish its value the expert used comparisons that did not concern sale transactions but only sale offers for some plots of land located within and without Constanta’s built-up area, which were not used as arable land,” the report adds.
Anticorruption prosecutors state that in return for the “help offered,” from January to August 2011, Crinuta Dumitrean received from defendant Simu Horia, through a middle-man, the sum of EUR 400,000.
In his turn, appraisal expert Horatiu Dima allegedly received EUR 5,000.
“From 24 June 2011 to 11 November 2011, defendant Simu Horia concealed the true source of the total sum of EUR 5,066,300, obtained in the aforementioned manner, by signing nine false loan contracts with various companies he controlled,” the DNA claims.
The case has been forwarded to the High Court of Cassation and Justice (ICCJ).