Bulgaria’s Prosecutor General Sotir Tsatsarov will preside over the country’s anti-graft body, the Commission for Illegal Assets Forfeiture (CIAF), the Bulgarian Parliament decided on Wednesday.
Bulgarians were gathered on the streets of Sofia to protest a vote by the country’s Supreme Judicial Council on Thursday long before its outcome was officially announced: that Ivan Geshev had been elected, 20-4, to be the country’s new prosecutor general.
Bulgarian authorities indicted former Deputy Economy Minister Alexander Manolev and 25-year-old Anna Dimitrova for fraudulently obtaining money from EU funds to build a ‘’guest house,’’ but then turning it into Manolev’s private vacation home.
As part of its investigation into the largest data breach in the country’s history, Bulgaria’s Special Prosecutor's Office has put out an investigative order to question Atanas Tchobanov, the editor-in-chief of Bivol, a journalism outlet that has a history of uncovering corruption and misuse of funds in the government.
The head of Bulgaria’s anti-corruption authority resigned on Wednesday, several months after he was first implicated in the country’s “ApartmentGate” scandal, in which several senior politicians were found by journalists to have purchased prize real estate far below market value.
A twenty-year-old cybersecurity worker was arrested and charged on Tuesday with hacking the personal and financial records of five million Bulgarian taxpayers, according to Reuters.
Bulgarian authorities appear to be striking back at journalists whose investigations led to the “ApartmentGate” scandal that saw several members of the Bulgarian government resign, including its justice minister and the head of its anti-corruption commission.
The mayor of a Bulgarian municipality was arrested on Tuesday due to his alleged role in a corruption scheme involving a number of property sales that cost the community US$4.6 million.
The Bulgarian Parliament overwhelmingly accepted on Wednesday the resignation of Agriculture Minister Rumen Porozhanov, the latest government official to step down amidst a number of real estate scandals rocking the country.
Bulgaria’s Deputy Minister of Economy resigned Wednesday following the publication of an investigation by OCCRP member center Bivol that suggested he used a guesthouse built with EU money as his own private vacation home.
A scandal in Bulgaria dubbed #FlatGate has widened over the past week, with two more top officials resigning after reporters revealed they obtained spacious apartments in downtown Sofia for far below market rates.
The leader of a multi-billion dollar scheme involving the sale of fraudulent crypto-currency OneCoin, was arrested on Friday at Los Angeles International Airport, according to a US Justice Department press release.
OCCRP’s Bulgarian partner Bivol has identified a Bulgarian lawyer as the owner of a bank account allegedly used to launder hundreds of millions of dirty dollars on behalf of Venezuelan leader Nicolas Maduro.
The European Commission castigated Romania for regressing in its anti-graft reforms, but generally praised Bulgaria for meeting its commitments in two separate annual reports on the administration of justice released Tuesday.
Spanish and Bulgarian police arrested 13 people and seized 30,000 artifacts, including forged coins and ancient Greek ceramics, in a joint operation that targeted a cultural goods trafficking gang,Europol said on Monday.
Prosecutors in Bulgaria said on Friday they detained 20 people this week for issuing fake documents that made a number of foreigners eligible for Bulgarian citizenship and therefore access to the EU.
A suspect in the brutal rape and murder of a Bulgarian journalist has been apprehended. But questions remain about whether Viktoria Marinova’s coverage of a procurement scandal was the real reason for her killing.
Viktoria Marinova (Photo: Facebook)
Supported by Europol, French and Italian police arrested 23 individuals and dismantled two criminal networks suspected of producing and distributing counterfeit banknotes that caused US$5.1 million in damages, a Europol press release said on Tuesday.
Two OCCRP journalists were detained by armed Bulgarian police for more than seven hours on Thursday night after they followed a tip that crucial documents were being burned in a field 50 kilometers southwest of the Bulgarian capital of Sofia.
The Paris District Court Thursday acquitted the French television station M6 and Atanas Tchobanov, the editor-in-chief of the website Bivol.bg, of libel and defamation of Ivan Danov, the former Bulgarian Minister of Investment Planning.
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