2016 brought million lei to some companies’ budget, due to public procurement. Just like the previous years, the beneficiaries this year are MPs and civil servants, and businessmen, subscribed for years on state’s money. The less fortunate companies however, were targeted by the law enforcement authorities, for being subjects of rigged auctions or improper performance of contracts.
The company of a brand new Liberal MP, has won a contract of over 1 mln lei
The Olcriscom Ltd. is one of the companies that won contracts of over 1 million lei in 2016. The company won a 1.4 million lei contract with Criuleni Education Department for providing services to children rest camps.
Deputatul Oleg Ogor. Source: pl.md
According openmoney.md, the Olcriscom Ltd. was founded by Oleg Ogor. In September of 2016, he became a Liberal Party deputy in the Parliament, after the liberal Veaceslav Untila was appointed the President of the Court of Auditors.
Previously, Oleg Ogor was the Vice President of Criuleni District Council. The company was included in the income statement of the liberal, for the year 2015.
In 2011-2016, Olcriscom Ltd. won the tenders worth 14.5 million lei. All contracts aimed at providing services for children leisure time, and most of them were signed with Education Directorates. In this context, we would like to mention that the Ministry of Education is also led by a LP team member – Corina Fusu.
Another company associated with the Liberal Party won a contract of over 1 mln lei in 2016. It is about Barzine – Cons company. The chief accountant of the company is a councilor of the Liberal Party in Chisinau Municipal Council. The company signed different contracts with various public institutions, the total value of which is over 29 mln lei. The company was included in the top companies subscribed to public money in 2015, the total value of their signed contracts being over 52 million lei.
A PD deputy won about 7 million lei in 2016, through companies he is associated to
Deputy PD, Oleg Sirbu. Source: jurnal.md
One of the companies of the Democrat Party member Oleg Sîrbu, also won in 2016 a contract worth over 1 million lei. Vlados Com won a contract for 2.2 million lei with the Department of Education from Briceni, for providing food. Except the 1 million lei contract, Vlados Com won dozens of other contracts the total value of which is more than 3 million lei, for providing food.
Gloria-Qvarc Ltd. is yet another company whose shareholder is Oleg Sîrbu. The company won a 951 500 lei contract in 2016, with College of Animal Science and Veterinary Medicine, for providing petroleum products.
Sîrbu is also allied of Maximos-Pan company, which in 2016, won contracts worth more than 435 thousand lei for food delivery. The company was founded in 2006 and has previously won other contracts as well.
The other companies the DP member is associated to, did not register any sale contracts.
The company of the former Balti mayor continues to win contracts with the City Hall
Vasili Panciu. Source foto: avere.md
The former Balti mayor and current communist MP, Vasili Panciuc, owns 215 shares in Constructorul company and continues to benefit from contracts with Balti City Hall.
According to Balti City Hall website, Constructorul Co. has signed several contracts with the City Hall in the period of time from October 24th to November 25th, 2016. The company won about 458 000 lei (excluding VAT), for a capital repair of a building block’s roof of the School of Fine Arts from Balti. A total of 6 companies participated in this projects.
The company associated with the communist deputy was another 913 000 lei (excluding VAT), for the capital repair of the classrooms of “S.Vangheli” Primary School Nr.21 from Balti. Another 7 companies participated in this project along with Constructorul Co.
Constructorul Co. won in 2015, 3 procurement contracts worth 2.8 million lei, and all of them were signed with the City Hall.
Only three companies included in the ban list
3 companies were included in the ban list published by the Public Procurement Agency in 2016, for improper performance or non-performance of contractual clauses.
The three companies included in the ban list are: Planificare Ltd, Multiverse Ltd and Limtex-Prim Ltd.
Planificare Ltd was founded in February of 2014, won their first auction in May of the same year. The company was contracts with a total value of 1.1 million lei. It was founded by Mariana Cerempei and is managed by Alexandru Mițcul.
Multiverse Ltd company is on the market since 2003, and won their first public contract in 2013. They won a total of over 2 mln lei from state money. The contracts were concluded with institutions from the northern side of the country.
Limtex-Prim was included in the ban list. on the last month of 2016. The Procurement Agency webpage does not state the contracts won by this company. However, according openmoney.md page, Limtex won over 2 mln lei from public procurement contracts.
The three companies were included in the ban list until 2019. This means that the companies cannot participate in public procurements auctions until then.
5 companies were included in the same list in 2015, compared to only 3 this year. However, the decision was suspended with regard to one of these companies.
Changes in the new public procurement system
The public procurement system has undergone several adjustments during 2016. A new law on public procurement came into force in May of 2016. Among the most important news of the law is including the civil society in the working group; according more attention on conflicts of interest; increasing the acquisition threshold etc.
The National Agency for Solving Complaints was created under the new law. The bill on its establishment was voted positive by the Parliament on December 15th, 2016. The institution will be responsible for procurement resolving complaints.
Another change in the public procurement system was operated by establishing a centralized procurement Center for Public Health. A government decision to this effect was approved in October of this year. The center will be responsible for the purchasing medicines, health products and medical devices for health system needs, which is basically substituting the Medicines and Medical Devices Agency’s role. The Medicines and Medical Devices Agency was earlier involved I several public procurement scandals.
Also at the end of the year, the Government proposed a Regulation prohibiting the participation in public procurement procedures, both the companies included in the ban list and the companies founded by the same people or having the same headquarters and contact information. The regulation was proposed as a mechanism to limit the participation in public procurement of economic operators who do not respect the contract clauses and create impediments for the contracting parties.
The Public Procurement Agency underwent some changes too. The former head of the institution, Viorel Moşneaga left the leadership of the Agency in March of last year. Moşneaga leaft this position following an investigation published by Ziarul de Garda and the Center for Investigative Journalism in January of 2016. As a result, he was the subject of a criminal investigation conducted by the NAC. The investigation showed that the company Aldos Grup Ltd associated with Moşneaga and his family (sister-founder), had won the tender with public authorities worth 35 million lei. The investigation also revealed that business partners of Moşneaga family obtained important contracts in the public auctions.
Although he was investigated by the NAC, Moşneaga managed to escape criminal liability. The NAC officers did not find evidence to prove the fact that Moşneaga influenced the procurements contracts won by the company associated with his sister.
In 2016, Aldos Grup won a contract worth over 1 million lei with Slobozia City Hall, Ștefan Vodă district.
Aldos Grup management was changed in May of 2016. The new chief is Ruslan Malai.
The companies involved in the rigged case
2016 was marked by a scandal related to public auctions. About 23 people, representatives of companies and public officials were arrested in November of 2016, being suspected of rigging public tenders, for food delivery to preschool institutions and school from Chisinau.
30 criminal investigations were initiated on this case for influence peddling, ultra vires, active and passive corruption and abuse of office.
Although the people involved received arrest warrants until the end of the end of the year, they were released from isolation and placed under house arrest.
The authorities have confirmed that the companies involved in the rigged auctions are: Sanex-Comerț, Crinic Grup, Lovis Angro, Draur Grup and Status Prim.
Sanex-Trade was registered in 2010 and is one of the companies that won the most contracts for food supply. Only in 2016, Sanex-Trade obtained nearly 328 contracts, the total value of which is about 13, 8 mln lei. The company was registered by Grosu Stepanida. Sanex had won over 3,000 contracts worth over 190 mln lei during the previous years.
Crinic Grup (Ghena’s company) was registered in 2003 by Ghenadie Nicorici. According to the portal openmoney.md, it has gained over 7 mln lei of public contracts. Crinic Grup did not sign any public contracts last year.
Lovis Angro was registered in July of 2007 and operates within the industrial park Tracom. Sofrone Lilian is the head of the company. He figured in the phone interceptions published by the NAC. The company won contracts in 2016, the total value of which is about 21, 3 mln lei, and about 4.5 million lei in 2015.
There is no information regarding the contracts won by the companies Draur Grup and Status Prim.
You can find more information about the these companies' contracts with municipal Education Directorates and about the companies delivering food to the educational institutions in the investigation conducted by Crime Modova.
Please note that most public contract signed in 2016, were for food delivery.
You can find out about the beneficiaries of public contracts in 2016, in another article by CrimeMoldova.