The head of the Permanent Electoral Authority (PAE), Ana Maria Pătru, was put under investigation on Tuesday night, by the prosecutors of the National Anticorruption Directorate (NAD). She is accused of three offences including money laundering and malfeasance in office.

The investigators stated that , as the vice president of the PAE, she demanded 210,000 euros between April and June of 2008, to support the smooth running of a contract to a company with Election Authority. In  exchange for that amount of money, Pătru promised the representatives of the trading companies that they will also obtain and other contracts with the PAE.

The stated in a press communique that “Between April and June of 2008, the suspect Ana Maria Pătru, being the Vice President of the Permanent Electoral Authority (PAE) – a position similar to Secretary of State, demanded 210,000 euros from a trading company. She received the money in 2009 in form of a particular property situated in Bucharest city. In exchange, she promised to support the development in good conditions of a contract concluded by the company with the PAE, and that will support the company to obtain and develop future contracts with PAE, which she actually did.”

The magistrates stated that Ana Maria Pătru tried to cover up the bribes using some companies to launder the money.

The NAD communicates that “The suspect Ana Maria Pătru, tried to hide in 2009 the origin of the 210,000 euros, by using a fictional financial circuit consisting of carrying out some business operations between several trading companies, including the beneficiary company receiving the contract with the Permanent Electoral Authority and another company controlled by Ana Maria Pătru through her husband.”

The head of the PAE also received in 2011, 65,000 euros to malfeasance in state institutions.

The NAD also added that “The suspect Ana Maria Pătru, and the then Vice President of the PAE, demanded in 2011 from the representatives of the same trading companies, the equivalent value of a Land Rover car, that way receiving 15,000 euros in exchange for the promise to sustain the progress in good conditions of service contracts concluded by the company with the PAE. The suspect also promised to support the company to obtain and develop future contracts with PAE, which she actually did.

The suspect Ana Maria Pătru, holding the same position of the Vice President of the PAE, demanded and received 50,000 euros in 2011, from the manager of another company, in exchange for talking to the Minister of Economy for the businessman to receive audience. He indeed received audience shortly after Ana Maria Pătru spoke with the Minister of Economy.

The suspect bought a Land Rover car with the money obtained from the two malfeasance in office crimes describe above, and to hide the identity of the real owner of the car and the actual beneficiary of the goods purchased in the same year, Ana Maria Pătru registered the vehicle on the name of another person.”

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