On Tuesday, former President of the National Agency for Fiscal Administration (ANAF), Sorin Blejnar, was finally sentenced to 5 years in prison by the Bucharest Court of Appeal, in a case in which he is accused of influence peddling. The decision is final.
“I am going to the penitentiary right now, to surrender myself. It is an unfair decision. I didn’t expect such a thing”, he stated for Antena 3.
In this case, Sorin Blejnar was sent to court on December 16, 2016, for influence peddling. According to the prosecutors, in 2011, in the context in which public procurement procedures were started by ANAF, Sorin Blejnar accepted businessman Horatiu Bruno Berdila’s promise to give him 20 percent of the value of certain contracts that were going to be concluded.
In return for the money, Blejnar asked Dan Stroe, who was at that time the Public Procurement and Investments Manager of ANAF, to take measures to ensure that the company Romsys, controlled by Berdila, will receive those contracts. In return, Sorin Blejnar and his subordinate allegedly received RON 13,172,520 between November 2011 and January 2012, through a shell corporation controlled by them, with which the businessman’s company concluded several fictitious agreements.
Prosecutors wrote in the indictment that Sorin Blejnar allegedly received RON 12,513,894 out of this amount, namely EUR 3 million. Prosecutors claim that Sorin Blejnar used five shell corporations whose associates are mainly Arab citizens, in order to take out of the bank the approximately EUR 3 million received as bribe from the company for which he intervened to help it win two contracts with ANAF.
Former Public Procurement and Investments Manager of ANAF, Dan Stroe, told prosecutors of DNA Ploiesti that he took the bribe from the contracts concluded by ANAF with the Romsys company in Blejnar’s office. The money was taken to Blejnar in boxes for copying machine paper.
On April 15, Blejnar was finally acquitted in the “Motorina” case, in which he was judged for tax evasion and forming an organized group.