Former Vice-President of the National Bank of Moldova (NBM) Emma Tabarta is detained within investigation of criminal case on the laundering of more than $20 billion, came from Russia and in transit through Moldovan banks, reports “Interfax” with reference to the head of the Prosecutor’s office for combating corruption Viorel Morari of.
According to the Agency, among the detained employees of the National Centre for the fight against corruption (NAC) was also the Director of the banking supervision Department of the national Bank Mothers Dohotaru and the Director of the Department of regulation and licensing, Vladimir Turcan.
The press service of the national Bank of Moldova confirmed the fact of investigative action against the two employees in managerial positions in the organization.” In the message of the national Bank notes that he intends to refrain from any public comments in a criminal case, however, will cooperate with the investigation for conducting an objective investigation.
“The reason for the detention were the materials of the criminal case opened on the fact of official negligence that led to serious consequences,” said Morar (quoted by “RIA Novosti”).
The head of the anti-corruption Prosecutor’s office said that the leaders of the national Bank “was not taken appropriate measures provided by law and duties” (quoted by “Interfax”).
Currently, suspects are detained for a period of three days, however, the Prosecutor intends to require their detention under preventive arrest for 30 days. In case of recognition guilty, the suspects in accordance with the Criminal code of Moldova threatens till 6 years of imprisonment, with a ban on holding management positions for 10 years after that.
In mid-July 2016, former Deputy chief of service of prevention and combating money laundering, national anticorruption center Michael Hoffman said laundering through Moldovan banks more than $23 billion of Russian origin.
“Moldova had secretly been offshore, where came and went billions of dollars. Businessman Vladimir plahotniuc and Veaceslav Platon are those Moldovan citizens who have benefited from this transaction, along with some important people from Russia, included in the famous “Magnitsky list”, — said Hoffman, noting that the Moldovan authorities were well aware of the $23 billion in four years, went through banks in the country.
Earlier, the head of the Supreme court of justice (SCJ) of Moldova Mihai Poalelungi announced the opening of the laundering of funds, which were laundered about $18.5 billion.
“Russian company, intending to launder money, opened an account in Moldinconbank. The company, which the firm allegedly owed, filed in the Moldovan court a statement of the judicial order on recovery of debt from firms in Russia and the Moldovan homeless. As far as I know, none of the amount did not stay on the account longer than 15 minutes. After that, the money went offshore. It is money laundering pure. According to the documents I have seen, the total amount of $18.5 billion, but they said it was more”, — said the head of the VSP.