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Three persons more are detained within criminal cases, initiated by the NAC in January, on the corruption scheme with driving licenses15.04.2021 70 Views
The director of a driving school of Chisinau and two of his inferiors were arrested following searches carried out at the homes and offices of these. They are suspected of forming part of a broad scheme involving functionaries of the Public Services Agency, driving instructors and other intermediaries. According to the National Anticorruption Center, the suspects acted in complicity and gained money illegally for arranging exams and issuing driving licenses.
In accordance with the evidence collected by the prosecutors and criminal prosecution officers, it results that over 40 persons allegedly obtained driving licenses without being assessed in accordance with the existing regulations. For the services, the beneficiaries allegedly paid between €500 and €2,000 to some employees of the Public Services Agency, instructors and other intermediaries.
The whole net, identified by the investigation group, consisted of the persons who had to organize taking of the theoretical and practical tests, by prior scheduling, skipping the line and assessing the candidates with positive grades. Through third parties, the candidates transmitted the money, which were divided among the members of the group. The case had been documented several months, and the collected evidence demonstrates that the scheme had been protected by the officials of the PSA, who are currently suspected of influencing the members of the examination commission.
In January, the NAC officers carried out over 30 searches. A driving instructor from Orhei and later an employee of the Public Services Agency were detained for 72 hours and are now under investigation as suspects in these cases. Within the criminal investigation actions, several telephones were found, that contained messages and conversations among the group members, drafts, driving licenses that had to be transmitted to the people who had paid the money. As well, different amounts of money were found during home searches, which origin is going to be identified.
Currently, the criminal prosecution body of the NAC and anticorruption prosecutors are carrying out investigation actions in several criminal cases, initiated for traffic and influence peddling, passive and active corruption. If the court finds the above mentioned persons guilty, they face a maximum jail term of ten years, a fine and ban on holding public posts for a particular period of time.
We remind that every person is presumed to be innocent until the final and irrevocable decision of the court is pronounced.
The Anticorruption Prosecution Office is conducting the criminal investigation.