Social Democratic Party (PSD) head and Chamber of Deputies chairman Liviu Dragnea was put under criminal prosecution by the National Anticorruption Directorate (DNA) for setting up a criminal group, abuse of office and EU funds fraud. 

Dragnea is being prosecuted in a case relating to alleged offences in connection to the company Tel Drum perpetrated during his term as president of the Teleorman county council.

According to a statement of the DNA, Dragnea was prosecuted for setting up an organised criminal group, two counts of using of presenting false, incorrect or incomplete declarations in ill faith, in order to obtain unlawfully EU funds and two counts of abuse of office. Other eight people are prosecuted for similar offences.

According to the DNA, the case was built up based on a notification by the European Anti Fraud Office (OLAF) sent in 30 September 2016, under suspicion of committing offences, including misappropriation of EU funds for rehabilitating the roads in the Teleorman county.

“The suspect Liviu Dragnea, president of CJ Teleorman, initiated an organised criminal group that is currently in place and which also included public servants of the institutions of the public administration and people from the business environment,” the DNA said in a statement.

“The group, initiated in 2001, has as main objective to obtain illegally of substantial amounts of money from the contracts funded from public funds (national and European), by conducting abuse of office, EU funds frauds, embezzlement, money laundering and misusing and giving access to information that was not meant to be public,” the statement said.

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