Romania lawmakers probed in money laundering case

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Associated Press

Posted on January 12, 2012 at 10:31 AM

BUCHAREST, Romania (AP) — Romanian anti-corruption prosecutors are investigating two opposition lawmakers and a businessman on suspicion of money laundering during the 2009 presidential campaign.

Prosecutors said Thursday that Viorel Hrebenciuc and Robert Negoita, members of the Social Democracy Party, are suspected of a role in an illegal scheme to bring €1 million (US$1.27 million) to the party to support the election campaign.

Prosecutors say a businessman promised the money in exchange for a say in who would be appointed to key positions in the ministry of economy and other institutions if the party won.

Prosecutors say in a statement that just €150,000 ($191,000) was paid and a fictitious contract was drawn up to cover tracks.

Social Democrat Mircea Geoana lost the 2009 election to current president, Traian Basescu.

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