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A head of the directorate from the Cantemir District Council and a businessman, detained in two corruption cases. Tenders for roads constructions are targeted20.01.2021 77 Views
The head of the Directorate of Constructions, Communal Household, Local and Regional Development from the Cantemir District Council and a local businessman were detained, this morning, by the officers of the GTD South of the NAC and anti-corruption prosecutors. They are suspected, together with third parties, of acting in complicity and committing passive and active corruption, manipulating several tenders and works aimed at the construction of the parts of the road in the Cantemir district.
More specifically: the head of the Directorate of Constructions, Communal Household, Local and Regional Development is suspected of claiming and receiving a bribe of 200 000 lei from an economic agent, who won the tender for the construction and repair of roads in the Cantemir district. It is about parts of the road sections L-599.2 –access road towards v. Haragîş; L-607- road R34-Antoneşti-Leca; L-603- road R-35-Lărguţa-Cîrpeşti-G136, L-609- road G132-Taraclia-Plopi; repairing of the road-1000 s/m) – the total amount of the works that had to be done, from the road fund, being of 10.431.049 de lei. According to the materials of the case, although the official documents state that the works were executed, however, some of them remained unfinished, and in order to sign the act of the final acceptance of the works of the mentioned roads, the economic agent allegedly offered the person a bribe in the amount of 200,000 lei.
The same official is also being investigated in other cases, in which he is suspected of claiming a bribe from economic agents or natural persons for different services. Following the special investigative measures, it was found out that on 27.04.2020, following a public tender, the Cantemir District Council concluded a business contract with a local LLC, in the amount of 851.000 lei, to execute the works of routine maintenance of local public roads in the Cantemir Disctrict for 2020. Several months later, the head of the Directorate of Constructions, Communal Household, Local and Regional Development would have conditioned the winner of the tender to unofficially submit the execution of works of one of his companies, managed by intermediaries, following that the money, in the amount of 851,000 lei, be personally owned by the real beneficiary of the company, ie by the head of the Department. In exchange for this service, the official promised the contractor that he would favor him at other tenders and would overlook some irregularities, detected during the final reception of the works.
At the same time, during the criminal prosecution actions, several cases of claim and receipt by the head of the Directorate of money from citizens were documented in order to sign, as a member of the working groups, the acts of reception of various constructions, without going out on the spot. He, too, abusing his position, allegedly drew up estimates of expenses and price offers for various economic agents, thus rigging on the auctions organized by the Cantemir District Council.
Today, the officers of the GTD South and anti-corruption prosecutors searched the head of the Directorate, as well as two contractors suspected of complicity in rigging on tenders, failure to fulfill contractual obligations to carry out road repair works, and active corruption of civil servants. Following the searches, the Head of the Department and one of the contractors were detained for 72 hours, and a businessman is being investigated at large. If found guilty, they risk up to 10 years in prison, a criminal fine and deprivation of the right to hold public office for a certain period.
Currently, the NAC is conducting investigations into two criminal cases initiated on passive and active corruption.
The Anti-Corruption Prosecutor's Office, the southern office, is leading the criminal investigation. We remind you that any person is presumed to be innocent until a final and irrevocable court decision is pronounced.