Twenty-one people will be tried for unfairly obtaining European funds worth some 700,000 lei. According to the DNA (National Anticorruption Directorate), the money was obtained based on false or incomplete documents.

The suspects are beneficiaries of funds, employees of the Gorj County Agricultural Advisory Office, officials of the Paying Agency for Rural Development and Fisheries and economic agents.

They will be judged for false declarations, submission of false or incomplete documents, fraud, forgery of documents, etc.

According to the prosecutors, in 2009, in order to obtain European grants, the beneficiaries submitted to the Paying Agency for Rural Development and Fisheries several false or inaccurate documents.

Seven people benefited from the help of two defendants, who helped them obtain European funds by effectively participating in the drafting of inadequate data. The persons concerned also enjoyed the support of two other defendants, who produced some documents, containing data that did not correspond to the reality.

In the same context, according to the prosecutors, officials of the Paying Agency for Rural Development and Fisheries in charge for checking of the eligibility of the financing applications, submitted by the 7 applicants, confirmed inaccurate data from the documents, submitted to obtain European funds.

Through these actions, the defendants received non-reimbursable funds amounting to 697,402.91 lei.

In connection with this case, prosecutors ordered the seizure of several movable and immovable properties belonging to the defendants.

The criminal case has been referred to the Gorj Tribunal for trial. 

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