Sorin Blejnar, former director of the Romanian Tax Authority (ANAF), was remanded on 30-day pre-trial arrest on Tuesday evening, in the case in which he is accused of influence peddling.
Blejnar was detained on Monday by the Prosecutors of the National Anticorruption Directorate (DNA) – Ploiesti branch for influence peddling.
According to DNA, Blejnar stands under the suspicion of having agreed with a businessman to get 20 percent of the value of the contracts ANAF was to conclude with the businessman’s company.
“The money was to be offered to the defendant in return for his influencing several subordinates into handling the contract awarding procedures in such manner that the winner be the company of the respective businessman. Under these circumstances, between November 2011 – January 2012, defendant Sorin Blejnar and the other officials involved in this arrangement received a total amount of 13,172,520 lei through a company controlled by them and which had several fictitious contracts concluded with the businessman’s company,” reads a DNA release.