"Poor" prosecutors with apartments, houses and tens of thousands of euros donated by parents and relatives
Every fourth prosecutor in the Republic of Moldova reported in the statement on property for 2020 donations from parents, in-laws, brothers, sisters or other close relatives. Reporters of the Anticoruptie.md portal screened the statements on property of all prosecutors in Moldova and found that about 170 state prosecutors out of the nearly 700 active prosecutors in the Prosecutor's Office structures indicated in the documents on property submitted to the National Integrity Authority that they received generous gifts last year - houses, apartments, land or tens of thousands of euros.
Prosecutor with luxury real estate "inherited from parents"
The prosecutor for special missions Viorel Radetchi reported the share of ½ from a six-acre urban land, valued at 143 thousand lei and from a house of 369.6 square meters estimated at 1.3 million lei. The assets were included in the statement on property after signing a sharing contract of the estate. It is a luxurious house, built in a rustic style, located in the village of Stauceni in the suburb of Chisinau. The building was purchased in January 2012 by the prosecutor's father, Ion Radetchi. The media wrote about the house in Stauceni of the prosecutor Radetchi as early as 2011, when he headed the Anticorruption Prosecutor's Office. The prosecutor then denied that the villa belonged to him or any of his relatives. "My house was donnated to me by my parents, and after my father's death I got back half of the house and half of it was left to my mother," Radetchi said. He insists that the property was bought by his parents. "My parents and my wife have been working abroad for 20 years," said the prosecutor.
She forgot to declare her husband’s company
The prosecutor of Chisinau, Ludmila Railean, received in 2020 a donation of 20,000 lei from a close relative. Also, in January this year, her husband, Arcadii Railean benefited from a 76.6 square meter apartment located in the Telecentru sector of Chisinau. The house was donated to him by his parents, Gheorghe and Valentina Railean. The building has a cadastral value of 273 thousand lei and is the only house reported by the accuser Railean. We remind that Ludmila Railean's husband is the co-founder of the company La Riviere SRL, specialized in transports. However, the 50% share in the capital of this company does not appear in the statement on property and personal interests of the prosecutor. She declined to comment on the declared property. "I do not provide information by phone, I do not know who is calling me and there is no basis for statements. All information is posted on the official website. You can officially address where you want. Excuse me, I'm busy ", Ludmila Railean told us and hung up.
The prosecutor who filed statements against Viorel Morari received a car as a gift
The prosecutor of Chisinau, Mircea Ciobanu, who gave statements in the case filed against the former head of the Anticorruption Prosecutor's Office Viorel Morari, for abuse of office and forgery in public documents, got a Hyundai Palisade car, 2019. The gift worth 250,000 lei comes from the prosecutor's father, Ion Ciobanu. On the car market such a car costs three times more expensive. Depending on the equipment and the condition of the car, the price varies between 31 and 35 thousand euros. Asked by reporters of the Anticoruptie.md portal to comment on, the prosecutor suggested that we ask for the prices from the official Hyundai distributor in the Republic of Moldova.
We remind that Mircea Ciobanu worked for six years, until June 2016, as prosecutor within the Control of Criminal Investigation and Methodical Assistance within the General Prosecutor's Office. Subsequently, he served as prosecutor within the Anticorruption Prosecutor's Office. In April 2018, Ciobanu left the Anticorruption Prosecutor's Office of his own free will and was employed in the Chisinau Prosecutor's Office.
Money, land and houses with outbuildings
Ion Bernaz from the Rezina Prosecutor's Office reported in the declaration of assets and personal interests for last year a house of 109.4 square meters and the seven-acre land on which it is located. The building, valued at 86 thousand lei, was donated to his wife by her mother, Ludmila Gherasimenco, main specialist in the Education, Youth and Sports Department of the Rezina District Council. Lilia Mitu from the Floresti Prosecutor's Office also enjoyed a prosperous year. In 2020, her husband's parents donated several properties to her. It is a commercial space of 84.4 square meters and the share of ½ of four other buildings - a house of 191.2 square meters, a garage of 38.1 square meters and two other buildings of 60 and 81.7 square meters respectively. The total value of the buildings donated by Lilia Mitu's in-laws amounts to over 841 thousand lei.
Prosecutor Denis Cebotari also received a house of 145.2 square meters last year, worth 122 thousand lei. The prosecutor did not say wherefrom the donation is. His colleague, Marcel Cimbir from the Chisinau Prosecutor's Office, included a house in his statement on property for last year. Mariana Cimbir’s parents donated her the share of 2/3 of the building located on Cireșilor Str. in Chisinau. Prosecutor Cimbir's father-in-law is Veaceslav Untila, the former president of the Court of Accounts. The share of 1/3 of the house of 163.3 square meters became the property of Alexandra Untila, the mother-in-law of prosecutor Cimbir in 1998, through a donation contract. In March, TV8 published an investigation about Untila family's business, stating that “last summer, Untila family bought another share of the house on Cireșilor Str. and then donated both shares to their daughter, Mariana Cimbir. In October 2020, the entire building became the property of the Cimbir family, who also bought one third of the house ”. Asked by Anticoruptie.md reporters, the prosecutor said that the building was built in the 70s and is damaged. "The act of the mayor's office reads that it is 100% shabby", the prosecutor underlined.
Andrei Formusatii from the Balti Prosecutor's Office received last year as a gift from his parents two houses of 50.3, respectively 77.5 square meters, as well as a three-acre urban land. The value of the goods is 337 thousand lei. Contacted by the reporters of the Anticoruptie.md portal, Formusatii explained that it is a single household with two buildings, which have a distinct cadastral number. "There are two houses in a yard, donated by parents. It is a house and a barn, but it is used as a house ", said the prosecutor. Formusatii's colleague, prosecutor Tatiana Nadulishneac, also benefited from generous donations in 2020. She has a house of 55 square meters with outbuildings and the lot of five acres on which the building is located. " Her husband's mother donated it to her husband. The property was owned by her husband's grandparents. The grandparents registered the documents under their son, my husband's father. After the death of my husband's father, my husband inherited part of the property. My husband's mother took possession of the other side of the property. Then my husband's mother donated to my husband the part which she inherited. In April 2021, we sold this house with a plot of 15 acres, a clay house ", pointed out Tatiana Nadulișneac. Also, last year, the prosecutor spent 3,000 euros to buy a Honda Accord car. Mariana Cazacu from the Chisinau Prosecutor's Office got last year two plots of land with a total area of 29 acres. Her parents also donated her 121.9 square meter house with outbuildings and a 31.1 square meter garage. The total value of the goods - 217 thousand lei. The prosecutor said that it is about her parents’ home and the nearby lands. Also last year, the prosecutor bought in leasing a brand-new car, Kia Sportage, worth 18,700 euros.
The year 2020 was prosperous for Lilia Selevestru from the Anticorruption Prosecutor's Office. The prosecutor received as a donation three plots of land with a total area of 87 acres. She also received as a donation a garage of 25.6 square meters, a house of 101 square meters with two outbuildings, 31.3, 19 and 11.7 square meters, respectively. The total value of the goods received as a donation amounts to 67 thousand lei. The prosecutor said for Anticoruptie.md that it is about the goods donated by her mother to her daughter.
Tens of thousands of lei, house and apartment for prosecutor Tofan
Last year was rich for prosecutor Petru Tofan from Criuleni. He accepted a donation of 82,000 lei from his mother, Galina Tofan. The prosecutor also received three agricultural lands with a total area of 1.4 hectares. He also received as a donation two urban plots of 20 and nine acres, respectively, as well as a house, with an area of 90.3 sq.m with outbuildings. Also, the prosecutor benefited from a 43.2 square meter apartment. According to Petru Tofan, all these goods were given to him by his mother, after his father’s death. We remind that the prosecutor owns two more apartments, one of 49.1 sq.m and the second of 100.4 square meters, which he purchased at a preferential price in a block of flats in the Ciocana sector of Chisinau, built for prosecutors. "My father passed away and my mother donated me goods, I declared everything," said the prosecutor.
Apartments from parents, sisters, grandparents and in-laws
Marian Ramașcan from the Prosecutor's Office of Sangerei district received as a donation an apartment of 68.7 square meters, valued at 176 thousand lei. The house was given to him by his father, Valeriu Ramașcan. In 2018, his father offered him the right to own and use a Honda Acord car, bought from the factory a year earlier. Also, prosecutor Alexandru Arcer from the Chisinau Prosecutor's Office received a generous donation in 2020 - an apartment of 38.4 square meters, worth 450,000 lei. The donation comes from the prosecutor's mother. In 2020, Arcer sold for 40,000 euros a house located in the town of Telenesti. With this money, in 2021, the prosecutor bought another apartment, of 47.5 square meters. Also, last year the prosecutor bought a Land Rover Discovery, 2011, against the sum of 15,000 euros.
The year 2020 was prosperous for the prosecutor Alexandru Caraman from Prosecutor's Office for Combating Organized Crime and Special Cases (PCCOCS). He received by donation an apartment of 69.4 square meters, valued at over 408 thousand lei. The house was given to his wife by his father-in-law. The prosecutor also bought an apartment in 2020, in the Russian Federation. The 107.8 square meter building was valued at 8,577,000 rubles (2.1 million lei). In order to afford the purchase, the prosecutor borrowed 2,000,000 lei from an individual. Prosecutor Serghei Cebotari from Soroca accepted in 2020 donations totaling 50,000 lei from his father and father-in-law. At the same time, the prosecutor reported an apartment of 53.3 square meters, valued at about 74 thousand lei, through a donation contract. Contacted by the reporters of the Anticoruptie.md portal, the prosecutor said that it was a building donated to his wife by her grandfather.
Alexandru Gavajuc from the Sangerei Prosecutor's Office reported in the statement on property for last year, 2/3 of an apartment which he received as a donation. It is about a 69 square meter apartment, in which his wife had a share of 1/3, starting with 2005. The Anticorruption Prosecutor, Irina Gheorghiștean, received a generous donation last year from her sister Stela Dimitraș - an apartment of 60.9 square meters, bought by her in November 2013. The prosecutor's sister also offered her the right to live in a house of 81.6 square meters, registered under her name. In February this year, Gheorghiștean sold the apartment which she received as a gift, for 332,000 lei. She took a loan of 1,752,000 lei from the bank for 20 years and a loan of 420,590 lei from SRL Nicones Grup, which she has to repay by this yearend. In February 2021, the prosecutor bought a house of 134.6 square meters and the land on which it is located against the sum of 100,000 euros. "It was an exchange, only the value of the goods differs a little. It took the form of donations; all fees were paid for two transactions. The contracts are registered at the notary and Cadastre ", Irina Gheorghiștean said for the Anticoruptie.md portal.
For Sergiu Mocan from the Straseni Prosecutor's Office, the year 2020 was prosperous. The prosecutor benefited from an apartment of 61.5 square meters worth 356 thousand lei and a construction of four sq.m. He also received several transfers totaling 1,950 lei and 2,540 euros. That money helped him buy a Toyota Prius brand car, 2011, for which he paid 185,000 lei. "It's an apartment that my parents have invested in since 2011, it's about investments. Over the years, we repaired it and in 2020 we started living in it. The transfers are from relatives for me or for other relatives ", the prosecutor said for the Anticoruptie.md portal.
Prosecutors with real estate for free use
Several prosecutors said in 2020 that they received the apartments they live for free use. This is the case of Grigore Binzari from the Balti Prosecutor's Office, who lives in a 51.9 square meter apartment, registered under his father’s name, Nicolae Binzari. Alexandr Tcaci from the Ocnita Prosecutor's Office also has the right to use a house registered under his father’s name, Valentin Tcaci. The prosecutor pointed out that he does not own this building, he only lives with his parents. The chief prosecutor of the Anticorruption Prosecutor's Office Serghei Gavajuc recently moved to a luxury apartment in the residential complex located near the Valea Morilor park in Chisinau. The prosecutor claims that the house was purchased by his father, who lives in Balti. Before moving into the 101 square meter building, Gavajuc leased it to some friends. Both apartments were included in the statement on property and personal interests for 2020. Last year was a prosperous one for Serghei Gavajuc. The prosecutor started to build a house in Balti and bought a Hyundai car, 2019, against the sum of 290,000 lei.
They inherited apartments or households
In addition to the donations received last year, there are prosecutors who have made fortunes from real estate which they inherited. Thus, Cristina Danilescu, prosecutor in the Department for Criminological Analysis, Endorsement and Legislative Proposals of the General Prosecutor’s office, inherited a share of her parents’ home, in the commune of Ciorescu, a suburb of Chisinau. The 134.4-square-meter house and the six-acre lot on which it is located are registered under the name of the prosecutor, his mother and his sister. Last year, the prosecutor's mother Ioana Corciu gave her daughter a Dacia Logan car, 2006.
Ruslan Donia from the Cimișlia Prosecutor's Office inherited last year a house of 106.8 square meters with outbuildings, as well as the five-acre land on which it is located. Over 253 thousand lei is the total value of the goods he received by will. The prosecutor Ion Geru from the Chisinau Prosecutor's Office inherited an apartment of 43.54 square meters last year, while the prosecutor Igor Rusnac from Edinet owns a ½ share from two houses of 92.9, respectively 90.6 meters square, with outbuildings. The prosecutor also inherited half of the six plots of land with a total area of two hectares. The total value of the buildings which he received by will is over 142 thousand lei.
Land prosecutors with donated hectares of land
Several prosecutors reported for last year land received as a donation from parents and relatives. For example, Octavian Pavlovschi from the Chisinau Prosecutor's Office received in 2020, through a donation contract, an agricultural land of 92 acres, valued at 11,000 lei. Also, the prosecutor’s mother Alexandra Pavlovschi gave him the amount of 20,000 lei. Pavlovschi's colleague Teodora Taut received last year two agricultural lots of 48 acres each, valued at 13,235 lei. The prosecutor Aurel Postica from the Causeni Prosecutor's Office received six agricultural lands with a total area of 2.5 hectares by donation from his grandmother. The total value of the goods amounts to over 30,000 lei. The prosecutor Vadim Prisacari from the Anticorruption Prosecutor's Office had already about 160 agricultural lands when he received three plots last year as a donation from his parents. The total land area is equal to 1.2 hectares, and their value is 19,819 lei. Prosecutor Mihail Tomita from Cahul also reported several plots in the statement on property for 2020. The prosecutor inherited four agricultural plots with a total area of 2.4 hectares, valued at over 33 thousand lei. The prosecutor did not reply to our calls for comments.
Tens of thousands of euros, help from children, in-laws and parents
Elena Neaga, prosecutor in the Department for Criminological Analysis, Endorsement and Legislative Proposals of the General Prosecutor’s office benefited from one of the most generous donations last year. She received by transfer, in several installments, no less than EUR 32,800 from her son, who settled in Germany. Part of this amount the prosecutor invested in an apartment of 30.95 square meters, valued at about 20 thousand euros. We remind that Elena Neaga came to the attention of the public in 2014, after she showed on a social network her luxurious house. After the publication of an article in the media about her property, Neaga was dismissed from the position of Deputy Chief Prosecutor of the Buiucani Sector Prosecutor's Office and was transferred to the Transport Prosecutor's Office. On August 1, 2016, with the reform of the Prosecutor's Office, she was appointed prosecutor in the Department of Policies, Reforms and Project Management Policy of the General Prosecutor's Office. At the beginning of June, Neaga was released from the Prosecutor's Office. We could not contact her until the article was published.
Carolina Vicol, prosecutor in the Protocol, International Cooperation and European Integration Unit of the General Prosecutor’s office, reported for 2020 remittances in the amount of 655,000 lei and 1,980 euros, for the treatment of a close person. Asked by Anticoruptie.md reporters to comment on it, the prosecutor rejected the calls. Radu Gojan, prosecutor in the Division for the unification of criminal prosecution practices of the General Prosecutor’s office last year sold an apartment located in the Rascani sector of Chisinau. Following the transaction, the prosecutor collected over 677 thousand lei. Also in 2020, Gojan bought an apartment of almost 100 sq.m, valued at over 1.5 million lei. In order to buy it, Radu Gojan accepted a donation of 10,000 euros from his in-laws, Eugeniu and Aglaia Kurakov. His father, Grigore Gojan have him 20,000 euros. Also, during the family events, the father and father-in-law of the prosecutor gave him another 800 euros. Contacted by reporters of the Anticoruptie.md portal, Radu Gojan's phone is unavailable.
The accuser Victor Turcan from the Râșcani District Prosecutor's Office was fined 5,000 dollars and 15,000 euros from his father-in-law, Valeriu Ciubotaru, Angela Ciubotaru's father, magistrate at the Chisinau Court. Asked by Anticoruptie.md reporters to comment on it, the prosecutor rejected the calls. Ghenadie Zgardan from the Rezina Prosecutor's Office received 17,000 euros last year from her in-laws, Alexei and Aurelia Cazac. We remind that in 2019, they donated 15,000 euros. The prosecutor said that the two have been working abroad for over 15 years. The couple of prosecutors Marcel Tumuruc from the Ialoveni District Prosecutor's Office and Svetlana Godoroja-Tumuruc from the Chisinau Prosecutor's Office received in 2020 a donation worth $ 20,000 from Svetlana's sister, Diana Godoroja who settled in the US. We remind that starting with 2013 to 2019, both of them constantly received donations from the USA. The total amount of remittances is equal to $ 180,000. Prosecutors say Diana Godoroja has been abroad for a long time and is currently a U.S. citizen.
Generous donations worth 116,400 lei, 8,000 euros and $ 2,600 were reported for 2020 by the prosecutor of Chisinau Vladislav Cojocaru, while his colleague, Victoria Munteanu, benefited from donations amounting to 9,800 euros and 58,627 lei . Last year was prosperous for the prosecutor. She gained 245,500 lei and 7,849 euros after she sold three cars. Subsequently, she took several loans of 1,920,000 lei and bought two apartments, of 82.1 and 88.2 square meters, respectively, whose value was estimated at 1,820,000 lei, as well as a Lexus brand car, worth 1.1 million lei. Also, last year, the prosecutor bought in leasing a BMW estimated at 12,000 euros. Elena Roșior from the Anenii Noi District Prosecutor's Office benefited last year from a 22, 000 euro donation from her mother, Lidia Morari. The prosecutor said that in fact, it is not about a donation, but power of attorney for property transactions.
"We have a common property with our parents. My husband took care of the transactions, with part of the financial means that appeared on the husband's account, later transactions were changed into real estate that was owned by mother. The origin of the financial means at the time the transaction was proved in the banking financial institution. They are not donations, but goods. Later, the goods appear again under the mother's name. My mother didn't give us the amount. In fact, I did not receive my parents' money. MY husband acts based on power of attorney when mother was gone, it is about power of attorney for property transactions ", pointed out Elena Roșior.
The prosecutor of Balti Vitalie Belinschi inherited last year from his mother goods worth 11,500 euros, and his colleague, Leonid Gagiu, benefited from a donation worth 230,000 lei from his mother-in-law, Maria Vlaicov who works abroad. Gagiu also sold an apartment last year for 23,700 euros, and after he took out loans totaling 588 thousand lei, the prosecutor bought an apartment of 68 square meters, valued at 652 thousand lei and a BMW for which he paid 220 thousand lei. Oleg Gavrilita, prosecutor in the Department for ECHR Representation in Non-Criminal Proceedings and Implementation of the General Prosecutor s Office, benefited in 2020 from remittances in the amount of 11,400 euros from his mother, Olga Gavrilita. "My mother sends the money to me, I am the trusted person. It is not about donation, but it is the mother's money ",said the prosecutor. The prosecutor Lilia Bucataru from the Drochia District Prosecutor's Office benefited last year from donations of 13,250 dollars and 500 euros from her brother, Oleg Musteata, who works in Israel. Also, the prosecutor obtained by donation the property right over an urban land with an area of 18 acres.
The mother and mother-in-law of the prosecutor Ludmila Zaharia from the Sangerei District Prosecutor's Office gave her 11,000 euros. "My mother-in-law works legally in Italy, she lives quite modestly and unfortunately, she works there for us. My mother is still in Italy and works ", said the prosecutor for the reporters of the Anticoruptie.md portal. Lilian Corpaci from the Orhei Prosecutor's Office received donations of 5,000 dollars from his parents and 6,000 euros from his in-laws. With this money, he bought ½ from a 52.6 square meter house and a Dacia Logan car, 2015. Lilian Corpaci rejected the calls of Anticoruptie.md reporters. Irina Tataru's father from the Chisinau Prosecutor's Office made a donation of 10,000 euros last year. The prosecutor Irina Murgulet from the Anticorruption Prosecutor's Office also enjoyed a similar donation from her parents, Mihail and Anna Jecov, who work abroad. The prosecutor bought a Skoda car, 2016, for which she paid 7,000 euros.
Donations of tens of thousands of euros from weddings, baptism and christening parties
The statements on property submitted by the prosecutors confirm that in 2020, despite the coronavirus pandemic, the family events were a good income source. Several prosecutors did not give up organizing them even in the context of the restrictions imposed by the authorities and last year benefited from thousands of euros and thousands of lei from baptisms, weddings and christenings. The prosecutor who benefited the most from a civil event is Maxim Boblic from the Ștefan Voda Prosecutor's Office. Together with his wife, he gained at the wedding over 25,000 euros. The prosecutor invested the money in a 49.56 sq.m apartment.
Alexandru Morcov from the Calarasi Prosecutor's Office earned 17,000 euros last year from his wedding. He also obtained, separately, donations of 6,800 lei from his father-in-law, Ion Bulgac and remittances of 6,596 euros from his mother-in-law, Alvart Bulgac, who works abroad. He invested the money in an apartment under construction, with an area of 51.7 square meters, worth 33,700 euros. The prosecutor Constantin Popescu from the Chisinau Prosecutor's Office received a donation of 17,000 euros at a christening party. At the same time, his mother, Angela Popescu, donated him another 44,500 euros. "My mother sold a building and gave me the money," he explained. Daniel Jimbei from the Chisinau Prosecutor's Office received 15.000 euros from his wedding. His colleague, Carolina Marit, collected 10,000 euros with his family at the christening party, and on her birthday, another 15,000 lei. The prosecutor Petru Leu from the Prosecutor's Office of Causeni district obtained 247,000 lei from relatives from his wedding party. 200,000 lei received the family of prosecutor Veaceslav Sturzu from Hâncești, after they organized a christening party.
Eugeniu Șlicari from the Calarași Prosecutor's Office had more modest earnings, who collected "only" 127,500 lei from donations from christening party. Mihail Cebotari from the Chisinau Prosecutor's Office received donations of 6,000 euros from his parents and in-laws at his wedding. The prosecutor bought a Renault Megane 2013, for 110,000 lei. His colleague, Aurel Ciocan, received 5,000 euros from his child's christening party. Last year, he invested in an apartment of 62.2 sq.m, worth over 384 thousand lei, and a Hyundai Tucson car, 2017, for which he paid 350,000 of lei.
Aid of thousands of euros and tens of thousands of lei for prosecutors from the Anticorruption Prosecutor’s Office and PCCOCS
Prosecutors from the Anti-Corruption Prosecutor's Office (PA) and the Prosecutor's Office for Combating Organized Crime and Special Cases (PCCOCS) also enjoyed generous donations from close people last year. For example, Victoria Furtuna from PA benefited last year from generous donations in the amount of 230,000 lei and 10,000 euros from her mother-in-law, Zinaida Furtuna. The prosecutor's father, Gheorghe Gaburici, gave her 120,000 lei to pay for her child's studies, and the prosecutor's father-in-law, Masimo Paciarelli, gave her another 3,000 euros. The donations received by Victoria Furtuna from her father and mother-in-law between 2014 and 2019 amount to 84,000 euros and 290,000 lei.
The colleague of the prosecutor from the Anticorruption Prosecution, Eugen Balan, also benefited from generous donations last year. His parents, Sergiu and Maria Balan gave him 200,000 lei, while his in-laws, Mariana and Tudor Golubenco, donated 50,000 lei. Eugen Balan was responsible for managing the files related to the non-performing loans that led to the bankruptcy of Banca de Economii. He is the brother of Iulian Balan, the lawyer who defends Ilan Șor in the case filed by the Anticorruption Prosecutor's Office for the frauds from Banca de Economii. For the past seven years, Eugen Balan has consistently reported donations of thousands of euros, including from weddings and christening parties. The total amount of donations for Eugen Balan's family between 2014 and 2019 amounts to 360,000 lei and 168,400 euros. Recently, prosecutor Eugen Balan resigned.
Grigore Potoran from the Anticorruption Prosecutor's Office also received donations in 2020. His father, Mihail Potoran, gave him 75,000 lei, and the family received another 91,000 lei on family events. Contacted by Anticoruptie.md reporters, the prosecutor rejected the calls. 8,000 rubles, 1,000 euros and 14,850 dollars are the remittances received by the PA prosecutor, Aliona Nesterov, from her mother, who has been working abroad for 14 years. "It's not my income, it just came on my name," the accuser pointed out. Prosecutor Alexandru Machidon from the Anticorruption Prosecutor's Office in 2020 received 5,000 euros from a someone called Nicolae Ionichi. Machidon did not say anything about the relationship with that person. Another 3,400 euros ended up in the prosecutor's pocket following the family events. In 2021, he bought a BMW, 2017, for 26,000 euros.
Sergiu Petruşca from PCCOCS reported that last year he accepted a donation of 4,000 euros from his mother, Elena Petrușca, while someone called Valentin Boghean paid for him a debt of 5,500 euros. These sums helped the prosecutor to buy two Toyota Prius cars in 2020, for which he paid 320,000 lei. More details about the property from the donations of prosecutor Petrușca read in a previous article of the Anticoruptie.md portal. Valeriu Sirbu from PCCOCS received donations in 2020 from his mother-in-law, sisters-in-law, brother and niece, all of whom live in Belgium. The amount of donations - 9,000 euros. The money helped Sirbu to buy a Suzuki Vitara car, 2018, for which he paid 230,000 lei. We remind that between 2014 and 2019, he constantly reported donations in the amount of 306,000 lei and 36,250 euros. The prosecutor said that all his relatives have lived abroad for many years. "Everyone has been living in Belgium for 22 years and helped us. My wife is the only relative in Moldova”. Roman Dorogan, interim deputy chief prosecutor of the Prosecutor's Office for Combating Organized Crime and Special Cases, also reported generous donations last year. His parents gave him 100,000 lei, and his mother-in-law gave him a Hyundai Santa-Fe, which his wife drives.
Aid of thousands of euros and hundreds of thousands of lei for the prosecutors from Chisinau and the district prosecutor's offices
Several accusers from the Chisinau Prosecutor's Office received generous donations last year. Prosecutor Ghennadi Epure received donations in the amount of 201,000 lei and 600 euros from Ion Muntean and Ivan Bejenari, respectively, in 2020. Last year, the prosecutor took a loan from the bank in the amount of 950,000 lei and bought a 87.8 square meter apartment, valued at one million lei. Contacted by Anticoruptie.md reporters, the accuser rejected the calls. 199,900 lei is the amount that the mother-in-law donated to the prosecutor Olga Bradu to her child, while Sergiu Zama received 3,000 lei from his mother and 155,000 lei from his father-in-law. He bought a Renault, for 153 thousand lei.
Prosecutor Anastasia Juravliova was helped by her parents with 150,000 lei. The prosecutor sold a car last year and leased another, brand new, Suzuki Vitara model, worth 18,600 euros. The prosecutor Dan Bitianov received from his mother a donation of 2,750 euros who works abroad. He also received remittances from Italy and France from relatives as financial support for close people and for organizing funerals. Prosecutor Radu Sâli also accepted donations in the total amount of 5,400 euros. The money came from his father and his father-in-law for his children. Last year, Roman Eremciuc received donations worth 70,000 lei and 2,115 euros. The money came from parents, respectively the prosecutor's in-laws and from someone called Andrei Ciliuta.
Prosecutor Victor Plugaru benefited from a donation of 100,000 lei last year from his father. Also, he received 680 euros in remittances from his wife's cousin, Vasile Voiticovschi. "My wife's cousin sent me the money for his father's monument buried in a common grave with my father-in-law," Plugaru said. Ion Șlicari's parents also gave their son 100,000 lei in 2020. "My father has been working in Germany for many years," he said. In 2020, Plugaru exchanged a Mercedes, which he sold for 400,000 lei, with a BMW, purchased for 460,000 lei.
The year 2020 was also rich for some attorneys from prosecutor's offices in Moldova. Thus, the prosecutor Vasile Oprea from Ungheni benefited in 2020 from a generous donation of 7,000 euros from his parents, Natalia and Petru Oprea. Another 2,000 euros, he received from his in-laws, Feodor and Zinaida Toia. He said that both his parents and in-laws work. Brother and father of prosecutor Viorel Gaina from Anenii Noi were also generous last year. They gave him 7,000 euros. We called him for a comment. He promised to call but did not.
The couple of prosecutors Dorina and Vasile Ciubotaru from the Orhei and Telenesti Prosecutor's Offices, respectively, reported in 2020 remittances of 6,000 euros from the prosecutor's parents, who work abroad. Ion Crișciuc from the Glodeni Prosecutor's Office also benefited last year from a donation of 4,000 euros from his brother-in-law and 40,000 lei from his mother-in-law. In 2020, the prosecutor contracted three loans totaling 318 thousand lei and bought an apartment of 67.8 square meters, valued at 588 thousand lei and a car, for which he paid 3,300 euros. We called Crișciuc for a reaction. He promised to call, but did not. Alexandr Galben from the Soroca Prosecutor's Office last year benefited from donations totaling 100,000 lei from his father and his mother-in-law. Galben's colleague, Evghenii Haric, was helped by his parents last year with 100,000 lei, an amount he would have received as a gift on the occasion of his birthday. The entire amount was invested in a 54.2 square meter apartment, purchased in 2020. “My wife and I are the only children for our parents and they help us. The parents have good salaries and work for the state", said the prosecutor when he commented on it.
The prosecutor Iancu Zaporojan from the Nisporeni Prosecutor's Office was helped last year by his mother, Elena Zaporojan, with 5,500 euros. In 2020, the prosecutor bought a production space of 205.4 sq.m and two urban lots of 20 and 15 acres, respectively, an out-of-town land of six acres and five agricultural lots with a total area of 4.78 hectares. The acquisitions cost him 157,000 lei. We remind that last year, he also contracted a loan worth 200,000 lei. Contacted for a reaction, the prosecutor rejected our calls. Ruslan Baraliuc from the Briceni District Prosecutor's Office received in 2020 a donation of 5,000 euros from his mother and mother-in-law. His wife received as a donation seven agricultural plots, with an area of 3.7 hectares. Baraliuc's phone is not available, and he did not reply to our messages.
"Modest" donations for the prosecutors of the Departments of the General Prosecutor’s office and of the specialized prosecutors' offices
Compared to the donations of their colleagues, the aid of thousands of lei of some prosecutors is rather modest. Following the family events, Alexandru Cladco, Chief Prosecutor of the General International cooperation and European Integration department of the General Prosecutor's Office received 500 euros. Tatiana Gulea, chief prosecutor of the Unification of Practice in the Field of Criminal Investigation Unit of the General Prosecutor's Office received 800 euros on family events. Last year, the prosecutor sold a car and leased a brand new Hyundai Elantra, worth 15,790 euros. Tatiana Gulea's subordinate, Vladislav Caruceru, reported donations in the amount of 7,600 lei, 860 euros and 460 dollars from relatives at family events. Last year, his colleague Adrian Rusu accepted a $ 3,000 donation from his sister, and Oleg Girbu received 1,500 euros from his father. Prosecutor Aliona Burlacu, together with her husband, Ivan Burlacu prosecutor at the Chisinau Prosecutor's Office, benefited last year from donations in the amount of 320 euros, respectively 30,300 lei. They bought a Toyota Auris car. When we called for a comment, Ivan Burlacu initially said he rejected to say where his donations came from. Later, he called and said that he received the donations on his wife's and children's birthdays.
Ghenadie Pirlii, head of the Environmental fraud and public interest crimes investigation unit of the General Prosecutor’s office received in 2020 donations in the amount of 90,000 lei from several close people. He explained that he received money from relatives abroad on the occasion of his child's major of age and on his wife's jubilee. Pirlii's subordinate, Ion Tetcu, benefited from donations amounting to 1,450 euros. He said that his mother and mother-in-law have worked abroad for some time. Dumitru Purici, prosecutor in the Information Technology and Cybercrime Combating Unit of the General Prosecutor’s office , seconded to the National Institute of Justice, reported in 2020 a donation worth 200,000 rubles from his in-laws, Dușa Andrei and Tatiana, and 56,400 lei from a party which they organized recently. Purici resigned from the Prosecutor's Office. His colleague, Corneliu Lavciuc, last year accepted remittances from his son and a relative in the amount of 966 euros and 1,140 dollars. Contacted for a reaction, the prosecutor did not answer our calls. Alexandru Nichita, head of the Department for Policies, Reforms and Protection of Society's Interests of the General Prosecutor's Office received remittances of 2,000 euros last year from his mother who settled in Italy.
Igor Lamba, a prosecutor in the Department for Combating Trafficking in Human Beings of the General Prosecutor’s office, reported a £ 500 donation from his in-laws who settled in England. Sergiu Bursacovschi, prosecutor in the Unification of practice in the field of representing the accusation in the courts unit of the General Prosecutor’s office, benefited last year from donations amounting to 500 euros, and his colleague Vasile Untila from the Analysis, Endorsement and Legislative Proposals within the Department for Policies of the General Prosecutor’s office reported a donation of 70 euros. The children of Adrian Mircos, the head of the Criminal investigation and forensics department of the General Prosecutor’s office received gifts worth £ 900 last year from his wife's parents. Alina Vochin from the Department for ECHR Representation in Non-Criminal Proceedings and Implementation of the General Prosecutor s Office accepted last year a $ 300 donation from her son, Andrei Danu. The mother of the prosecutor Liliana Nani from the Department for International Legal Assistance of the General Prosecutor’s office sent him remittances amounting to 1,870 euros. Children of Mariana Gavrilaș, a prosecutor in the same department, received 7,500 lei and 900 euros from their relatives. Contacted for comments, prosecutors Nani and Gavrilaș had their phones turned off.
Some prosecutors from the Anticorruption Prosecutor's Office received small aids last year. The family members of the prosecutor Cristina Gladcov received 3,300 euros last birthday. In 2021, the prosecutor bought a BMW brand car,2017, for which she paid 18,300 euros. Cristina Gladcov's colleague from the Anticorruption Prosecutor’s office Vasile Plevan benefited last year from birth donations and holidays in the total amount of 1,150 euros from relatives. Prosecutor Victor Furtuna received 3,000 euros on his birthday and on his child's baptism. The prosecutor Andrei Balan received last year a donation of 20,000 lei from his father. "Is the amount of 20,000 lei too high for you? My parents are retired and still work ", said Balan when we asked him for a comment.
The prosecutor bought in 2020 a new garage and a Renault Kadjar brand car, 2018, for which he paid 12,192 euros. The family members of the prosecutor Mihail Ivanov, last year received donations in the total amount of 1,800 euros and 2,000 lei on their birthdays, while his colleague, Vitalie Ivanov, received donations of 4,500 euros from his mother and from his mother-in-law. Contacted for a reaction, the prosecutor did not answer to our calls.
The donations of thousands of lei were also accepted by the PCCOCS prosecutors. For example, Tatiana Timofti-Rusanovscaia from the Prosecutor's Office for Combating Organized Crime and Special Cases received a donation of 2,000 euros from her father. Last year, the prosecutor sold a car for 70,000 lei and bought a 2012 Volkswagen Passat, for which she paid 150,000 lei.
A donation of 800 euros from his mother was also reported by PCCOCS prosecutor Roman Recean, while his colleague, Vasile Golban received 2,000 euros from his father and another relative. "My father is a citizen of Austria and has lived abroad since 2000," Golban replied when we asked for a comment. The prosecutor Tudor Bordan received remittances in the amount of 2,256 euros from his father-in-law, Veaceslav Matasar, who works abroad. His colleague, Dumitru Rata received from relatives 2,500 euros and 5,000 lei, while the prosecutor Ion Negurita and his family members received gifts on birthdays in the total amount of 48,000 lei.
Tens of thousands of lei for the prosecutors of Chisinau
The prosecutors from the Chisinau Prosecutor's Office also received donations. Octavian Bivol, for example, received donations in several installments, totaling 1,650 euros and $ 200. He did not say where is the money from. In 2020, he bought for 17,210 euros a Volkswagen Passat, 2017. Natalia Andronic received donations in the total amount of 700 euros from her mother and brother. The amount of 2,000 euros was donated to prosecutor Elena Panfil by her niece, settled in Italy. On their birthdays, the members of the family of the prosecutor Irina Artin received gifts totaling 90,000 lei. And his colleague, Vitalie Calugareanu, received 17,000 lei from family parties. Also, the prosecutor Ion Bazatin received donations, amounting to 20,000 lei from family events. Oleg Popov benefited from total donations of 34,700 lei last year. The gifts are from his parents and from family parties. Popov's colleague Victor Socol received a $ 2,100 donation in 2020 from his father, who works in the Russian Federation. He bought a Nissan Juke brand car, 2015, for which he paid 200,000 lei.
Prosecutor Veaceslav Potinga's father was also generous last year. He made a donation of $ 2,000 to his son. The prosecutor took a loan of 640,000 lei from the bank and bought a house of 101 square meters, valued at 760 thousand lei. Chisinau prosecutor Corneliu Moraru also enjoyed donations last year- 2,000 lei from his brother, 33,500 lei from close relatives on family parties. Last year, the prosecutor bought an urban land with an area of ten acres for 158 thousand lei. Moraru's colleague, Petru Iarmaliuc, received 16,000 lei from his mother. His parents and father-in-law of the Chisinau prosecutor, Iulian Istrate, gave him 2,000 euros and 5,000 lei. Another 23,000, he received from close relatives, on family events.
Angela Pleşca received a donation of 1,500 euros from her brother. Prosecutor Liliana Rusnac received 30,000 lei from her mother. The children of the prosecutor Svetlana Turcanu received on their birthdays 20,000 lei from their grandparents, and the prosecutor Marcel Șaban received a material aid in the amount of 70,000 lei from someone called Alexandru Staver. "It's about an old friend, who knows how hard it is to work as a prosecutor and he helps me. He has a business in Moldova ", explained the prosecutor. He also owns a BMW car, 2014. Last year, Şaban took a loan and bought an apartment and a garage. The prosecutor Sergiu Harea received last year a donation of 1,000 euros from his mother-in-law, Ecaterina Ermicioi, who works abroad, while his colleague, Dumitru Grecu, benefited from 2,000 euros from his mother. He bought a 2016 Ford Escape brand car in 2021, for which he paid 180,000 lei.
A modest sum of 240 euros was donated to the prosecutor Iulia Ghimp by someone called Irina Ceban, while the prosecutor Oleg Gonta got 10,000 lei from someone called Larisa Ivanova. The father of the prosecutor Corneliu Bratunov transferred remittances in the amount of 26,000 lei on his card. In the statement on property, Bratunov said that it is about the reimbursement of the expenses for the acquisition of some goods for parents. The prosecutor of Chisinau, Marina Copeciuc, benefited from a donation of 10,000 lei from her ex-husband, Arcadi Copeciuc, while her colleague, Diana Beșleaga, accepted 2,000 dollars from her father. Last year, the prosecutor Nicolae Pirau received a donation of 40,000 rubles from his father-in-law, and the accuser Stela Barba benefited in 2020 from 3,500 euros from someone called Claudia Sirbu.
Aid of thousands of lei for the prosecutors of the district prosecutors' offices
Irina Bahnari from the Cahul Prosecutor's Office last year received a donation of 40,000 lei from her father, who works abroad, while her colleague, Andrei Iepure, accepted a donation of 1,000 euros from his brother-in-law, Vadim Cudlea. "The donation is from my brother-in-law for my wife. He has been working abroad for several years ", he said. Aurelian Buzdugan from the Anenii Noi Prosecutor's Office, benefited last year from a donation in the amount of 58,000 lei from his mother. Buzdugan's colleague, Ana Gureu, reported a donation of 1,250 euros from her brother, Andrei Cretu. Octavian Cainareanu from the Leova Prosecutor's Office reported 5,000 lei as donations from family events, while his colleague, Vasile Buzila, received remittances of 4,950 euros from his mother Maria Buzila, who works abroad.
Prosecutor Ruslan Caraivan of the Cimișlia Prosecutor's Office received a $ 200 donation from his godmother, Tatiana Dimcioglo. Also, on the occasion of the family holidays, the members of the Caraivan family received cash gifts in the total amount of 11,000 lei. Last year, the state prosecutor sold two cars for 70,000 lei and bought a Honda CRV, for which he paid almost 314,000 lei. Felicia Costișanu from the Criuleni District Prosecutor's Office last year received a donation of 3,500 euros from her mother-in-law, who has been living in Israel for more than 15 years. Lilia Sirbu from the Prosecutor's Office of UTA Gagauzia received last year by transfer 800 euros from a someone called Enrico Stipulante, and another transfer, of 5,000 lei from Gicu Codoroja. Also, the prosecutor received 7,000 lei from her parents and relatives on family events. Lilia Sirbu's colleague, Serghei Tumba, benefited last year from a donation of 44,000 lei from her parents, Nicolai and Varvara Tumba. Contacted for a reaction, prosecutors Sirbu and Tumba promised to call but they did not.
Alexandr Coretchii from the Soroca Prosecutor's Office reported 300 euros that his child would have received on his birthday, and Coretchii's colleague, Liviu Dragutan, received last year from his mother 20,000 lei. The prosecutor Valeriu Sârbu from the Cantemir Prosecutor's Office received a donation of 30,000 lei from his brother. He did not want to comment on it. His colleague, Gheorghe Enachi received donations in 2020 - 2,000 euros, from his mother, Antonina Enachi and from someone called Maria Tun. Contacted for a reaction, the prosecutor did not answer to our calls. Rodica Tataru's daughter, prosecutor at the Balti Prosecutor's Office, received a donation of 47,884 lei from her father, who is abroad, while Tatiana Ionita received a donation of $ 1,500 from her sister. "The money was sent to me by my sister from the USA for our mother. I didn't know where to include it and I included it at Donations. I gave the money to my mother ", said the prosecutor. In 2020, Ionita bought a Nissan Qashqai 2013, for which she paid 8,000 euros. The prosecutor Alexandru Sorocean from the Causeni Prosecutor's Office accepted donations in the amount of 3,200 euros from his father. "The donation comes from my parents who are abroad for ten years. My child is the only nephew they have in Moldova ", the prosecutor explained. Sorocean's colleague, Ghenadie Moruz, received 30,000 lei from relatives on his child's birthday. Olesea Virlan from the Ialoveni Prosecutor's Office received a gift of 2,000 lei from her brother, and Viorel Beiu from the Dubasari Prosecutor's Office received donations of 4,000 euros from his mother, settled in Italy.
Eduard Fiștic from the Soroca Prosecutor's Office received in 2020 donations in the amount of 4,000 rubles and 500 euros from his mother-in-law and from someone called Maxim Plataș. "The donations come from the mother-in-law for the grandchildren. I helped Plataș to send a parcel and he sent the money for payment by transfer ", explained Fiștic. Last year, the prosecutor bought an apartment of 27.7 sq.m, valued at about 64,000 lei. Prosecutor Natalia Livadaru from the Anenii Noi Prosecutor's Office received in 2020 by transfer 430 dollars from her daughter, Ludmila Moraru, who works abroad, while Ruslan Lungu from the Bender Prosecutor's Office received donations of 4,000 euros and did not report in the statement on property where the money was from. "The money is from the sale of my parents' house, which was registered under my brother's name after my father's death. Half of the amount is for me, and half for my brother ", Lungu explained. The prosecutor Vadim Machidon from the Orhei Prosecutor's Office received 40,000 lei. In the statement on property, the prosecutor reported that this was his parents’ donation. Asked by reporters of the Anticoruptie.md portal, Machidon said that, in fact, the donation comes from his sister. "The money comes from my sister, who is also my godmother. She lives abroad and she helps me. ” Alexandru Paladi from the Rascani District Prosecutor's Office reported a donation of 3,000 euros from someone called Raisa Ciuș, while Ion Prodan from the Floresti Prosecutor's Office accepted a 1,500 euro donation from his mother, Eudochia Prodan , who lives in Spain for several years. Nicolae Solomei from the Dondușeni Prosecutor's Office last year received remittances from his father-in-law, amounting to 16,039 lei. The prosecutor Ion Steclari from the Ungheni Prosecutor's Office benefited in 2020 from a donation of 2,997 euros from his mother, and the prosecutor Anatoli Stefoglo from the Anticorruption Prosecutor's Office received a donation of 500 euros from his cousin, Veaceslav Stefoglo, who has been working in France for many years.
Expert: "We must admit that in most cases ANI has its hands tied"
Experts point out that, although donations are not illegal, the officials in justice mostly benefit fully and frequently from them, their close people are generous on or in the absence of any occasion. According to Lilia Ionita, expert at the Center for the Analysis and Prevention of Corruption, the efforts of the National Integrity Authority, the institution empowered to verify the property of officials, to identify prosecutors whose assets exceed their income, are insufficient.
"In 2020, CAPC launched a Study on the reaction of ANI to the notifications of verification of the statements of local elected officials, deputies, as well as of officials (judges, prosecutors). A legitimacy discovered by the CAPC experts is that “the representatives of the justice sector introduce with increased diligence and accuracy all the incomes, even the plausible ones, including those of the spouses, as well as any element of property management. Thus, only in the statements on property and interests of judges / prosecutors you can see loans, including interest-free (from banks, but especially from close people, who would have worked abroad), loan agreements (user loan free) of cars, donations from close people. Likewise, only this category of subjects constantly declares the goods whose belonging is less verifiable (Compartment IV.B „Goods in the form of metals and / or precious stones, objects of art and worship, objects that are part of the national or world cultural patrimony, whose unit value exceeds the sum of 15 average salaries per economy ”and Compartment IV.C“ Collections of art, numismatics, philately, weapons or other goods, whose value exceeds the amount of 20 average salaries on the economy ).”
The expert points out that ANI's diligence when committing to verify the statements on property that abound in donations matters a lot. "Obviously, control activities should focus on donations that exceed, in some cases, the limits of common sense. We must recognize that in most cases ANI has its hands tied and cannot extend control over close people, aka “generous donors”, to verify their financial potential.
In this case, there is a vicious circle: ANI will ask either the prosecutor's office or the tax service to make these extensive checks, but it is unlikely, as announced by ANI recently, that these checks will be initiated and will be successful. Furthermore, it should be borne in mind that statements are supplemented by exponents of the justice sector accustomed to administering evidence, who can anticipate how investigations will be conducted and how invasive integrity inspectors might be. Eventually, some of the findings of the integrity inspectors will reach the prosecutors. And here, it seems, the circle closes ", concludes the expert.
ANI denounces the prosecutors because they do not want to open cases against some prosecutors
At the beginning of June, the National Integrity Authority denounced the prosecutors' refusal to initiate 21 criminal proceedings. ANI's denunciations also included prosecutors. ANI regrets that the criminal authorities apply "double standards" when it comes to its efforts. Specifically, the prosecutors did not deal with eight cases on the subject of forgery in statements admitted by five prosecutors verified by ANI. These are Taras Patraman, Alexandru Cebanciuc, Vitalie Calugareanu and Dumitru Cernitu for false statements, as well as Sergiu Roșu, for false statements and violation of tax law. Prosecutors refuse to open cases, citing the lack of elements of the crime, the expiration of the examination period (forfeiture / prescription) or contesting the acts of finding by the subjects of control in the administrative court.
We remind that in the CIJM investigation about the judges' donations, the ANI press officer, Maria Dastic, said that the institution is not authorized to investigate the criminal character of the so-called donations. "In accordance with Art. 4 para. (1) lit. a) of the Law on the statement on property and personal interests, the subjects of the declaration must declare the incomes obtained by them together with the family members, the concubine in the previous fiscal year. Donations and inheritances are indicated in the Income from donations and inheritances rubric. The accuracy of the data in the declarations is verified during the control of the property and personal interests. Thus, in the situation where the subject of the statement declared imposing amounts at the rubric Income from donations and inheritances, he is required to present the documents that would confirm their origin.
Some judges, prosecutors, but also other subjects of the statement indicate income from organizing wedding, christening or birthday parties. If the income from donations is used to buy real estate and movable property, its mere declaration is not sufficient. The veracity of getting income from these events is to be confirmed, taking into account the fact that such events also require huge expenses. The presence of the criminal nature of the so-called “donations” cannot be analyzed in the abstract, or during the control performed by the integrity inspectors it is impossible to establish with certainty whether the funds were obtained by criminal methods. It is the competence of the Authority to carry out the control of the property, to request the confiscation of the unjustified property in a civil way and possibly to notify other bodies in case a crime was committed. Therefore, the research in terms of bribery is carried out by other institutions ", said Maria Dastic.
We remind that the prosecutors have previously started several cases against some prosecutors, for illicit enrichment, among which the former head of the PA, Viorel Morari and the former head of the PCCOCS, Nicolae Chitoroaga. Subsequently, Morari was removed from the criminal investigation, and Chitoroaga's file is still at the stage of the criminal investigation.
The investigation was completed under the project " Mobilizing Civil Society to Support Judicial Integrity in the Republic of Moldova", carried out by the Center for Investigative Journalism and Freedom House, with financial support of the US State Department
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The head of the court Oleg Melniciuc, his mother and some of his relatives will get apartments and commercial property in the residential block on the street Hristo Botev 6 in Chisinau, which is currently being built for the magistrates of Rascani District Court in the capital and for their children. The magistrate himself who initially said that, though he owned some dwellings and he would like some flats for his children, he did not buy any flat in this block, but a commercial space. The president of the Superior Council of Magistracy Victor Micu received a flat in the
False witnesses in Vlad Filat’s case
Three women from the Russian Federation, who seem not to know about the situation in Moldova, appear as key-witnesses in the resounding corruption case involving Vlad Filat. According to statements made by Ilan Sor in court, they would have brokered alleged bribery worth 320 million lei to former Prime Minister. These statements were accepted by the court and included in the sentence without inviting the youths for evidence. Center for Investigative Journalism found the names of these girls and contacted two of them. The girls claim that they have never beento Moldova and do not know Ilan Sor and
18 bln USD laundered through the judiciary in Moldova since 2010 (II)
About 18 billion dollars, 17 judges, three "ghost" cases whose signatories are missing, a case destroyed and a judge unwillingly involved in the scheme of legalizing "black" money in the Russian Federation. Continuation from November 20 In the period 2010-2014, the Republic of Moldova has turned into a real "laundering" of large amounts of money from Russian Federation. The scheme included at least 17 Moldovan prosecutors who have legalized profits that would have been obtained illegally, wrote the Russian media. On the other hand, officials of the National Anti-Corruption Center say they cannot speak about “money laundering" in this case, because
18 bln USD laundered through the judiciary in Moldova since 2010 (I)
Since 2010, the Republic of Moldova became a real system of money laundering in the region through the courts. This "fame" went around the world and half of the 20 judges who dictated shameful verdicts continue to judge and "do justice" to this day. Many judges who have "legalized" black money from Russia were later on involved in scandals. However, the system does not want to "cleanse" itself and some of the judges who participated in money laundering scheme were even appointed court presidents. Copycat ordinances Schemes used by criminals for money laundering were always the same - some offshore companies in
The assets declared by judges: houses and cars at negligible costs
Most judges undervalue their movable and immovable property which they officially declare to own. The reporters of the Center for Investigative Journalismarrived to this conclusion after having examined more than 400 declarations of income and assets, submitted by magistrates for 2014. The legislation requires that in declaration of assets is indicated the cadastral estimate of the property, which in almost all cases is far below market value. For cars, the price is quoted from the contract of sale, which is also, in many cases, lower than the real one. Experts say it is a vicious practice and blame it on
The judges “with nine lives”
In the documents remitted to the SCM, Vladimir Voronin, Marian Lupu, Mihai Ghimpu and Nicolae Timofti have cautioned that those rejected do not have a place in the judiciary because they discredit Justice, are not objective, have unjustified wealth, have integrity issues, relations with businessmen conducting shady businesses. Most often, the findings were based on the reports from the Information and Security Service (ISS). Despite the arguments brought by the rulers of the country, SCM kept on position or even promoted around 55 judges. In the meantime, some of them left the system honorably taking their sins with them,
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