The former Minister of Finance Sebastian Vlădescu was definitively sentenced on Friday by the High Court of Cassation and Justice to 7 years and 4 months in prison with execution for committing the crime of bribery, in a case related to the awarding of a contract for the rehabilitation of some sections of Railroad.
In the same case, Mircea Ionuţ Costea (brother-in-law of Mircea Geoană) was sentenced to 6 years in prison, informs Agerpres.
The defendants were sent to court by the DNA. Sebastian Teodor Gheorghe Vlădescu was accused of committing two crimes of bribery and one crime of influence peddling, when he was Minister of Finance.
In the same case, Mircea Ionuț Costea, a former employee of the Ministry of Finance, holding a management position in a state bank at the time of the facts, was also sent to court for committing the crimes of influence peddling and complicity in bribery, a administrator of some commercial companies, person close to the management of the CNCFR for committing the crimes of influence peddling and complicity in bribery; Constantin Dascălu – secretary of state in the Ministry of Transport at the time of the commission of the acts) for committing the crime of bribery and Cristian Alexandru Boureanu, parliamentarian and vice-president of a political party in government at the time of the commission of the acts, for the commission of a crime of influence peddling .
The criminal activity took place in two stages, according to DNA. The first stage would have taken place in 2005, in the context of the tender organized for the rehabilitation of a railway line, the representatives of the foreign company agreed with Vlădescu Sebastian Teodor Gheorghe, Costea Mircea-Ionuț and the person close to the management of CNCFR, to pay them in stages, all duration of the contract, a commission of 3.5% of the amounts received from the Romanian state. In exchange for these amounts, the defendants promised to take steps to secure additional financing for the conclusion of the contract, as well as timely payment of the invoices issued.
In order to be able to remit the sums of money, a fictitious circuit was created, based on which the sums of money reached the defendants, as follows: a first link was represented by the conclusion of a consulting contract with a law firm, based on which the company paid, in the period 2006-2011, the total amount of 39,363,071 lei, although no services were provided. The next link was represented by the conclusion of several fictitious contracts between the law firm or its affiliated offshore companies with companies controlled by the defendants, through which the sums of money reached them. In this way, Vlădescu Sebastian-Teodor Gheorghe received one million euros, Costea Mircea Ionuț received 3,121,328.41 lei and 2,320,698 euros, and the person close to the management of CNCFR, administrator of some commercial companies, received 3,083. 498 lei and 1,050,087 euros.
Editor: Mihnea Lazar
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