Ilan Shor’s property in Moldova seized. When the case of mayor of Orhei gets to the Court

Anastasia Nani
Ilan Shor. Foto: ShorHolding

Ilan Shor’s property in the Republic of Moldova remained frozen. The prosecutors have identified goods worth 51 million lei, according to figures provided by the Cadastre and they want to find out information about the property of the mayor of Orhei abroad. Also, the officials cannot say when Ilan Shor's case gets to the court. They underline that the external competent bodies have not yet completed the requests of rogatory commissions about the turnover or the final beneficiaries of some offshore companies.

Anticorruption prosecutors say that Ilan Shor's case is at the stage of criminal prosecution and the mayor of Orhei is subject to judicial control. "We do not know when the case might get to the court, it  depends on external competent bodies. We sent requests to rogatory commissions which have not been completed so far. We asked for details about turnover and the final beneficiaries of some offshore companies ", said Adrian Popenco, acting head of the Anti-Corruption Prosecution.

Meanwhile, Ilan Shor was heard again at the Anticorruption Prosecutor's Office on Tuesday, March 22. It is about the investigation of defrauding of the two banks by the decision-makers of the latter in November 2014. The frauds are enormous in both the case of Banca de Economii- 13,5 billion lei, and Banca Sociala- 13,2 billion lei. Except Ilan Shor, members of the Administration Councils  of Banca de Economii (Savings Bank), of Banca Sociala and representatives of legal entities are accused in this criminal case.

Prosecutors seized the movable and immovable property, which the businessman owns on the territory of the Republic of Moldova. “Certainly, their market value is higher. We do not have access to data bases in Russia and we do not know what goods can be seized. We are investigating this case”, said Adrian Popenco.

According to the statements on income for the past two years, filed by Shor when he started the electoral run for mayor of Orhei, his accounts were empty.  The statement on income and property for 2013-2014 shows that Ilan Shor raised a salary of 255,000 lei, about 10,000 lei per month. The businessman also declared two apartments with a total area of ​​almost 400 square meters, a house of 200 square meters, a plot and a construction of 48.6 square meters.

As for movable property, Shor declared four cars - a Bentley Continental, Gaz 2410, a Toyota Runner and a Chrysler 300 S. The mayor of Orhei has only 3 bank accounts on his name with a sum of 384.00 thousands lei and over 700 dollars. His wife Sara, with the stage name Jasmin, has over 91,000 euro in bank accounts.

In the electoral run for the office of Mayor of Orhei, Ilan Show was financed by Dufremol SRL that has a company behind founded and managed by Ilona Shor, his step-mother. The company donated over one and a half million lei to the budget of the party Ravnopravie, for candidate Shor. In financial reports, Ilan Shor is a director of this company. Also, he got over one million lei from 23 employees at Dufremol SRL.

Other properties were not included in the income statement. The portal MoldStreet said that Ilan Shor was owner of the football team Milsami Orhei, of the hotel Klassik and of the company Moldklassika International. In addition, Shor owns a number of buildings and businesses in Russia and Kyrgyzstan. He inherited a part of the property from his father, Miron Shor.

In the self-denunciation signed in front of prosecutors, Ilan Shor points to details about sums of hundreds of millions of dollars which he paid through different methods to Vlad Filat. The mayor of Orhei said that conditions related to the scandal with the company Le Bridge forced him to ask for help to Filat and he paid a bribe of 500.000 dollars to end excessive checks and win the trial. Subsequently, Vlad Filat had allegedly asked for a bribe of one million dollars to allow duty-free trade with oil in the customs area of ​​the Republic of Moldova. Initially, he paid half a million, and the liberal-democratic leader was supposed to get the rest of the money after he completes his promise. Shor has shown in his self-denunciation that Filat proposed to redeem credits from Banca de Economii amounting at one billion lei to solve the problems at the customs and filling stations. The former Prime Minister has not honored his promise; he did not return the money to the businessman. Mayor of Orhei said that he had given to Vlad Filat a sum of 20 million lei last on October 10, 2015 "for the needs of the party" at the office of LDPM on str. Bucharest in the capital.

In a survey carried out by the Center for Investigative Journalism in 2011, reporters revealed that the properties of the Trade Unions were sold at derisory price to Shor’s companies, which he pledged and took loans by 3-10 times higher than their value. Loans were taken from Banca de Economii (Savings Bank) and Banca Sociala (Social Bank).


Anastasia Nani

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