Head of Internal Audit Service of the State Road Administration, Sergiu Trocin, was detained Monday, November 28, on the premises of a recreation center in Ialoveni on suspicion of pseudo entrepreneurship, tax evasion and money laundering in large proportions.

According to the law enforcers, it is not the first time when the 32-year-old resident of Chisinau breaks the law. In May 2015, he was sentenced to imprisonment in Romania for money laundering, tax evasion and smuggling.

Sergiu Trocin, son of the former member of Court of Auditors, Gheorghe Trocin, was sentenced in Romania to 8 years of imprisonment for membership of an organized criminal group, forgery and deception, being internationally wanted by Romanian police. The case, in which he was involved was called "Moldovan octopus of smuggled cigarettes". The criminal group, formed in 2009 of Moldovan citizens, Arabs and Romanian, established an entire industry of counterfeiting of cigarettes. However, his criminal activity was not an impediment to Trocin’s employment as head of Internal Audit Service of the State Road Administration, since April 4.

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So far, police have determined that the members of the group, who operated on the territory of Moldova, were extorting funds from economic agents in Moldova. Subsequently, they converted the criminal funds in order to launder them.

Group members identified socially vulnerable persons and registered businesses into their names. The businesses allegedly marketed different cereal products. Subsequently, the leader of the group obtained 650 000 lei from several people on the pretext that he would deliver them various products. The money, transferred to company accounts, was immediately withdrawn in cash, and then he turned off the phones not to be found.

The police carried out 5 searches and found documents, stamps, contracts, invoices, bank documents, cellphones and sticks that contained documents, used by the company in this criminal activity.

The leader of the group was detained for 72 hours. If found guilty, he could face a prison sentence of up to 15 years.

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