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October 30, 2020

Suspicions of malfeasance in office and forgery at Sibiu County Council

On Monday, National Anticorruption Directorate (DNA) prosecutors conducted searches at the Sibiu County Council and seized documents pertaining to direct public procurements carried out in 2011-2015. It is suspected that companies close to former County Council Chairman Ioan Cindrea were favoured in the procurement procedures.

Judicial sources have stated that several civil servants, including the director of the County Council’s administrative service, are allegedly involved in the case. Likewise, the sources claim that companies belonging to Ioan Cindrea’s daughter and son-in-law were also given preferential treatment when it came to winning public contracts.

Sibiu County Council Chairman Daniela Campean stated on Monday morning that the searches have to do with an older case and searches took place in April too.

“These are searches that concern the same activities and offences for which searches were carried out last time around too, they come to round off the investigations. DNA Alba Iulia has asked for extra documents from each service. It’s not a different case, these are not other investigations,” Daniela Campean said.

The contracts that have come under DNA’s scrutiny were signed in 2011-2015 and concerned the County Council’s purchase of video surveillance systems, auto maintenance and repair works and office supplies.

The procurement procedures allegedly featured the use of false data in the documents justifying the commercial transactions, in order to create an advantage for the suppliers, with the profit reaching in some cases 240.56 percent, judicial sources said.

The offences probed in this case consist of malfeasance in office, forgery in private documents and use of forgery. Searches also took place at the homes of several persons, the same sources pointed out.

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