The former Deputy Economy Minister Valeriu Triboi, suspected of influence peddling in a criminal case, has admitted his guilt. The announcement was made on Friday, August 18, by the prosecutor, Dorin Compan, following the case hearing.

According to the prosecutor, the examination of the case took place in a special procedure. "The hearing on the case of Valeriu Triboi took place today. The accused has admitted his guilt in this criminal case, which is why the case was examined in a special procedure," said Dorin Compan.

At the same time, the prosecutor announced that the sentence regarding the former Deputy Minister of Economy will be pronounced on August 22.

The Deputy Minister of Economy, Valeriu Triboi, was detained, together with another 4 people, at the end of March, in a criminal case of influence peddling and damaging the state budget in particularly large proportions.

According to the prosecutors, Valeriu Triboi abused his position and, through third parties, bought from Moldtelecom, the founder of which is the Ministry of Economy, a real estate worth almost 1 million lei, and subsequently rented out the building, for a period of 10 years, to the Northern Power Supply Company. The suspect would have indicated to the decision-makers of the company to repair the rented property from their account. According to the documents administered by the investigators, 4 million lei were allocated for the repair of the building.

If found guilty, the Deputy Minister of Economy risks a fine of up to 117500 lei or 2 to 6 years of imprisonment. Triboi was suspended from office in early April of this year.

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