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Scheme: Several Customs Service employees radiated from the database the cars with foreign registration numbers for money. Six people were detained18.03.2019 1669 Views
A corruption scheme, practiced by some Customs Service employees, was documented and devised by the NAC officers and anticorruption prosecutors. One leader, responsible for the management of Customs Service databases, 3 inspectors and two intermediaries, were arrested this morning as being suspected of allegedly claiming sums of money in order to eliminate or influence the deletion in the data system on car registration with foreign registration numbers.
According to the denouncers, the role of the intermediaries was to influence public figures in the Customs Service to change the information from the databases on the "entry" or "exit" of foreign cars in the country. Although, according to the law, cars with foreign registration numbers have the right to be on the territory of the Republic of Moldova for no more than 180 days, through the informational system, the exit of the car from the country, without leaving the customs post.
During the prosecution, several cases of manipulation of the Customs Service's information system were identified, for each car the fee was 400 euros.
Currently, searches are underway at the Customs Service (main headquarters, Chisinau) and at the Sculeni (Ungheni) Customs Station. In the morning, three inspectors of the Sculeni customs post, the Head of Development and Information Security of the Customs Service and two intermediaries were detained. In the cases described, five criminal cases, connected in a procedure, on the occurrence of passive corruption, influence peddling and complicity to passive corruption were initiated.
If found guilty, public figures risk up to 10 years of detention, fine and deprivation of the right to hold office positions, for a certain period, and intermediaries - up to 6 years of detention and fines.
We would like to mention that, any person shall be presumed innocent until the final and irrevocable judgement is delivered.
The Anticorruption Prosecutor's Office leads the prosecution.