The officers of Anticorruption Center have detained Nicolae Spatarel, co-founder and head of 5 construction companies, together with three of his subordinates. They are charged with abuse of power, i.e. deviations from the construction rules, which resulted in damages to 140 investors.

The case concerns the Paradise Residential Complex, situated at 115 Alexandru cel Bun Street, in the historic center of Chisinau. 

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The entrepreneur is charged with building 12 floors instead of 6, as foreseen by the project.

140 investors, who wanted to buy housing, paid for the apartments in advance. The total amount paid reached a million and a half euros. The residential complex was to be commissioned back in 2014, but the work was halted on demand of the State Construction Inspectorate, as well as of the Chisinau City Hall.

According to the press release, issued by the NAC, Anticorruption officers conducted searches on the premises of the companies concerned, in the homes and cars of the suspects. Documents, computers, and three luxury cars, belonging to the suspects, were seized.

Until recently, the development of the Paradise residential complex was managed by the construction company Prihojanin-M, which is part of a conglomerate of 5 businesses, co-founded by Nicholae Spatarel. Two of Spatarel’s businesses, Prihojani-M and Top level Invest, were declared insolvent, while the other three, Top Level LLC, Scaravit LLC and Attic-Mezzanine LLC, are in process of insolvency.



Informed sources told for CrimeMoldova that the business had allegedly been protected by the former leader of the Liberal Democratic Party, Vlad Filat. However, after his incarceration, the companies came into the focus of law enforcement agencies. Our investigation shows that Prihojanin-M was founded in 2006 by Anatolie Iasciuc, who in the parliamentary elections of July 2009 appeared under number 25 on the list of the LDP list.

The media wrote earlier that Anatolie Iasciuc had been  a member of the criminal organization, led by Grigore Karamalak, aka Bulgaru, and that he was wanted by Interpol for human trafficking and theft of automobiles.

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