Former central bank deputy governor at DNA for hearings

Former Deputy Governor of the National Bank of Romania Bogdan Olteanu reported on Wednesday to the Bucharest offices of the National Anti-corruption Directorate (DNA) to be heard in a case in which he is charged with influence peddling and in which he is serving a 30-day house arrest sentence.

DNA accuses Bogdan Olteanu of having requested, July – November 2008, when he was speaker of the Chamber of Deputies, from highly controversial businessman Sorin Ovidiu Vintu 1 million euros and electoral support consisting of marketing and consultancy services, in exchange for paving the way for the appointment of journalist Liviu Mihaiu as Danube Delta governor. The money was sent by the businessman, via an intermediary, to the main offices of a political party, the prosecutors maintain.

They further assert that following Bogdan Olteanu’s intervention, Liviu Mihaiu was appointed on September 18, 2008 Danube Delta governor.

According to the prosecutors, the one million euros were transferred from an account in Cyprus to a Bulgarian account of a company incorporated in the US and then withdrawn in cash in three consecutive days. Upon Vintu’s request, the money then reached Bogdan Olteanu’s office at the headquarters of a political party.

The prosecutors further hold that as he ran in autumn 2008 for an MP seat, Bogdan Olteanu received, at the orders of Sorin Ovidiu Vintu, political consultation during the electoral campaign without paying for the services worth tens of thousands of euros.

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