The file of the former head of BEM, Ilan Shor, charged with embezzling and laundering over five billion MDL, arrived in court.

According to a statement issued by the General Prosecutor, the prosecution has been completed and the Anticorruption Prosecutor's Office sent the case of extortion and money laundering by the former head of Banca de Economii, to court.

According to prosecutors, Orhei mayor, is accused for: "During the period 04.11.2014 - 25.11.2014, he obtained by fraud, MDL 5 billion from BEM which he laundered through dozens of offshore companies, amount confirmed by the KROLL memorandum, submitted on request of the prosecution. In fact, obtaining money from Banca de Economii would be achieved by giving credits to many companies that would belong to Ilan Shor, and as a guarantee on the repayment of funds were some fictitious contracts, concluded with a number of bank entities of the Russian Federation. According to the indictment, the defendant would have persuaded the Administrative Council of Banca de Economii to vote for the creditation of his companies, hiding that he is the de facto the owner of those. Being questioned by prosecutors, Council members acknowledged that they had been misled by their boss, who would have given assurances that the borrowers are serious business agencies, and the business is profitable for the bank due to high rates that they will receive after repayment of loans ."

Prosecutors also have obtained evidence which demonstrated that the defendant sought to disguise the criminal origin of the money, hiding the fact that the funds were stolen from the Banca de Economii. For this, there were a number of transfers from the accounts of some offshore companies to others, fact which finds confirmation in the replies of the rogatory committees sent by prosecutors abroad.

"In his testimony, the defendant refused to admit involvement in the fraudulent scheme, noting that it was planned by former Prime Minister Vlad Filat, who presented him to the businessman Veaceslav Platon, with the request to help him through these loans, later proven fraudulent, to solve problems related to the extinction of liabilities to other banks in Moldova. But prosecutors believe that the defendant should be held criminally responsible in this case for money laundering and extortion in extremely high proportions, crimes requiring punishment of up to 15 years in prison." says the statement.

The case shall be judged by the Buiucani Court.

It is worth mentioning that over 20 criminal cases, aimed at the BEM, Banca Socială and Unibank robbing, through giving bad loans had already been sent to court. On the guilty bench is Grigore Gacichevici and former members of the Board of Management of BEM, but also other people who have committed money laundering, influence traffic and passive corruption.

Currently, in NAC management and Anticorruption Prosecutor's Office, remain several criminal cases, including extensive investigations, like a number of files which have as essence the embezzling  of money from the three banks.

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