The Head of the General Directorate of Regional Development of the Ministry of Regional Development and Construction was detained by NAC officers for 72 hours. He is suspected of illicit enrichment.

According to prosecutors, the civil servant holds funds that were estimated at six million lei as a total, which is a value that substantially exceeds the income that his family obtained during 2011-2015.

It is about two land plots in Calarasi town and Chisinau municipality, two luxury buildings, whose market value exceeds one million lei, a car worth over 600 thousand lei, and financial assets at two banks worth 295 000 lei and 18 000 lei, accordingly.

According to law enforcement officers, the suspect and his wife have declared almost six times less money for the last five years, i.e. 1,075,871 lei. Thus, it was determined that the investments and purchases made by the family significantly exceed their income. According to the evidence collected by investigators, this fact proves the existence of illegal and unreported sources of revenue.

A criminal case under the "illicit enrichment" was opened on this case. This is an offense punishable by a fine of up to 160 thousand lei or imprisonment of up to seven years. In addition, the suspect will be deprived of the right to hold certain positions for a period of 10 to 15 years.

We remind that the suspect is accused of excess of duties in another case investigated by the NAC. He is accused of influencing more subordinates, members of working groups on the organization of public procurement, to take favourable decisions for certain economic operators. These facts are confirmed by the cancellation of a number of auctions on unfounded grounds, as well as by the designation as winners of certain bidders close to the suspect.

If found guilty in this case the officer risks from 6 to 10 years imprisonment with the deprivation of the right to hold certain positions for a period of 10 to 15 years. 

So if his guilt is proven in both cases, the head of the General Directorate of Regional Development of the Ministry of Regional Development and Construction could spend the next 17 years behind bars.

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