Romania: Finance Officials Resign Over Tax Evasion Probe
Two senior officials of Romania’s tax agency and finance ministry resigned on Friday after being accused of complicity in a nearly US$ 145 million tax evasion case involving alcohol producers and marketers.
judicial supervision by anti-corruption prosecutors on Thursday, meaning they are barred from, among other things, traveling overseas or contacting other persons of interest in the case.Tax agency anti-fraud chief Daniel Diaconescu and Mariana Vizoli, a state secretary within the Ministry of Finance, were among five high-ranking officials placed under
The officials are suspected of helping two of four alcohol companies accused of evading taxes worth about 600 million lei (US$ 144.96 million) between 2010 and 2014. At least 10 people have so far been detained in the case, including George Ivanescu, a shareholder in the most well-known of the four companies, Murfatlar Romania SA. Also detained were three former officials of the Finance Ministry, the customs authority and the tax office.