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Romanian fiscal authority inspectors notify anti-graft prosecutors about opposition leader Victor Ponta and Senator Dan Sova

de V.O.
Marţi, 26 iulie 2011, 13:45 English | Top News

Romania's National Agency for Fiscal Administration (ANAF) has decided to notify the National Anti-corruption Department (DNA) about Victor Ponta, president of opposition Social Democratic Party (PSD) and Social-Democratic Senator Dan Sova. The move is based on suspicion of receiving illegal sponsorship money through contracts with energy plants in Rovinari and Turceni, according to Romanian TV news stations.

On June 22, 2011 PSD president Victor Ponta was invited to show up at ANAF headquarters on June 24 with several income statements for the years of 2007 and 2008. He was informed that on June 6 ANAF officers moved to his fiscal adress in Bucharest for a fiscal inspection but as it couldn't be done he was invited to show up with the documents at the ANAF headquarters. He was also warned that unless he did so he risked fines.

The invitation was dated June 20, when two central newspapers reported about an inspection by ANAF at Rovinari and Turceni energy plants, where it allegedly came to light that a law firm run by Senator Dan Sova and where VIctor Ponta also figured as senior partner received 4.4 million RON illegally. According to press reports, ANAF concluded more than half the money received by SCA Sova&Asociatii from Turceni and Rovinari - 4.4 million RON of a total of 7.1 million - was paid on the basis of improper contracts which were not in line with regulations on public acquisitions.

Contacted by, Dan Sova said he was "a little surprised" about the move but should he be called to give explanations he would do so.

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