The five people, detained on Friday as part of two criminal cases, related to prejudice of the state budget exceeding 500 million lei, were placed under preventive arrest for a period of 30 days. The decision with this respect was taken by the court.

Two criminal cases for pseudo entrepreneurship, money laundering and tax evasion were instituted against five suspects, aged between 35 and 50. According to Vitalie Busuioc, the prosecutor in charge of the case, the suspects opened companies without rendering any services, they introduced certain amounts into invoices to cash the VAT from the state. The investigation detected also schemes of money laundering and tax evasion.

For their crimes, the five men, risk a jail term of 1-3 years for pseudo entrepreneurial activities, from 5 to 10 years for money laundering and up to 6 years for tax evasion. In total, the five men could face up to 18 years of imprisonment. 

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