Moldovan General Prosecutor’s Office has finalized the investigation of the criminal case and sent to the court case against the Chișinău resident, who is accused of bribing voters provided by Article 1811 of the Criminal Code of Moldova.
During the criminal investigation, the prosecutor's office found that the defendant has purchased in 2015 a domain www.alegerimoldova.com for one year and has indicated false contacts. Thus, the defendant created a web platform for the bribery of voters, registered on the site, to vote for a defined candidate on the local elections. In particular, 2 days prior to the election date, the platform administrator send by e-mail a letter with instructions for what candidate users should vote. Subsequently, the voter had to take a picture of a voting bulettin and transfer to the accused, which, in turn, promised to pay 50 lei ($ 2.5) for each completed voting bulletin.
During the investigation, the accused has pleaded guilty and told that one percent of local elections in Chișinău is worth about $20,000, if the voters turnout is 60%. In the city of Bălți one percent of local elections is approximately $ 2,500.
One percent of local elections in Chișinău is worth about $20,000, if the voters turnout is 60%. In the city of Bălți one percent of local elections costs approximately $ 2,500.If the court finds the defendant guilty, he could be sentenced to a penalty of 10 000 lei or a deprivation of liberty up to 5 years.
Prosecution of the case was conducted by the Division of Information Technology and investigation of informatics crimes of the General Prosecutor of Moldova in cooperation with the Centre against informatics crimes.