Perished food products with “bio” label in kindergartens in Chisinau: companies, schemes and tenders
Several audio recordings of intercepted phone calls of employees of some kindergartens, officials of the Departments of Education, Youth and Sport of Chisinau and of several businessmen have shocked the public opinion. Intercepted phone calls reveal that small children in kindergarten were supplied with perished food products. Names of the persons involved are kept in secret by investigators who pretend to fear for the safety of the families who supplied the children with perished fish and meat. Center for Investigative Journalism managed to identify some of the businessmen who appear in intercepted phone calls and analyzed the companies that won tenders in 2016 for supply kindergartens of the capital with food. Most of these companies are not involved in the tender rigging case in education.
Ghena’s company, best-loved by the Department of Education, Youth and Sport Rascani
„Ghena”, one of the protagonists of the scandal with perished products, appears to be Ghenadie Nicorici, founder and manager of Crinic Grup company. This company gained 7 tenders for supply with food in kindergartens in the capital in 2016. The company signed 3 most profitable agreements with the Department of Education, Youth and Sport (DEYS) of Riscani sector in the amount of 4.665.890 million lei.
Products supplied by Nicorici company seemed to be appropriate for children and DEYS from Buiucani sector, signed four contracts worth 472 012 lei in 2016. Also, Crin Grup was contracted by the psycho-neurological boarding school in Cocieri, Dubasari to supply with food worth 148,000 lei patients from this institution. In 2015, the company delivered food products to Stauceni mayor’s office.
As a rule, contracting authorities were not very exigent when they set participation conditions in tenders. For example, under the tender book of the tender organized on June 7 2016 by DEYS Rascani and wherein Crinic Grup gained an agreement worth over 1.042.094 lei, the competitors were required to present a copy of the certificate of company registration, a certificate of fee payment, the last financial reports, sanitary-veterinary authorizations of company functioning and a statement on ethical behaviour and non-involvement in fraudulent and corruption acts (!). In all announcements for tenders gained by this company, the contracting authorities showed that the products must be ecological. Accountant of DEYS Rascani was involved in tendering and leader of the working group for contest development was Andrei Grosu, head of the Department of Education. Today, he and his deputy-accountant Dumitru Vatavu were put under arrest for 30 days in the Penitentiary No. 13.
Wife, head at the State Tax Inspectorate
Company Crinic Grup, founded in 2003, has its legal address in an apartment on str. Calea Iesilor. The apartment is registered on the name of businessman’s wife Luminita Nicorici. The latter is main inspector of the State Tax Inspectorate, municipality Chisinau. In the income on property for 2015, she showed modest incomes gained by her husband– only 41 thousands lei, from the activity of the 2 companies which he owns. Couple Nicorici have 2 apartments with a surface of 47,5 square meters and 21,7 square meters, a storehouse with a surface of 54,1 square meters and 6 cars, 5 of them were purchased in 2013. The cars which are not new, were imported from other countries.
Though they have low incomes, couple Nicorici and their 2 children seem to afford expensive holidays, show photos posted by Luminita Nicorici on socialization nets.
Another company, the same beneficiaries
Another company involved in the tender ringing case in education- Cordacom SRL was registered in the same apartment on str. Calea Iesilor. Founders of the company are Ghenadie Nicorici and Nicolae Curchi. Cordacom did not gain this year any tender organized by DEYS in Chisinau. But in 2015, this company delivered food products to DEYS Rascani (4 agreements worth 2.390.000 lei) and DEYS Buiucani (2 agreements worth 770.000 lei). Also, last year, the company delivered products to the Institute of Mother and Child and the Psycho- neurological boarding school in Cocieri, Dubasari. In 2014, company did not sign agreement of food products delivery to the Municipal Clinic Hospital No.1.
It is worth mentioning that Ghenadie Nicorici owns the third company Nika Nicorici located
on str. Albișoara 84, the address of Lyceum George Meniuc. According to data of the State Registration Chamber, the company manages restaurants. Ghenadie Nicorici was put under arrest for 30 days.
Company with hundreds of agreements in the country
The audio recordings of intercepted phone calls published by NAC cover the name of a certain „Lilian” who should settle a problem related to payment of some illegal fees which the economic units should pay periodically to heads of departments for rigging tenders. He is Lilian Sofrone, manager of the company Lovis Angro, that gained in 2016 at least ten public procurement agreements at DEYS Rascani, DEYS Buiucani and DEYS Centru. Total amount of agreements is 10,3 million lei, of which 7,8 million are procurements carried out by DEYS Rascani. The Department of Education Rascani signed the last agreement with the company on October 20, current year.
Except tenders gained for supply with food in the capital, Lovis Angro signed this year almost 600 state agreements for delivery of food products to kindergartens, lyceums, professional schools and health centres in the country. But the agreements signed outside Chisinau are smaller and reach less than one hundred thousand lei for a contract, except the mayor’s office in Orhei, Leova and some settlements in the Administrative Territorial Unity Gagauzia.
On January 15, Lovis Angro signed an agreement of food products supply to the school-kindergarten No. 199 in Chisinau. This is the only case detected by us in the database of the Public Procurement Agency when an educational institution organized in 2016 a tender for products purchase, in other cases the procurements were organized by the Departments of Education. Kindergarten in sector Rascani purchased food products worth 943.291 lei. Lilian Sofrone is among the businessmen detained by prosecutors in the tender rigging case in education.
Both company Lovis Angro and another company that deliver food products to educational institutions and kindergartens in the country are registered on str. Columna 170. It is about company Artprest-Grup, founded and managed by Mihail Guțuțui. In mid last year, the company was included in the ban list of the Public Procurement Agency for inappropriate execution of the clauses from the agreement. The company does not have the right to participate in public tenders by November 2018. We do not know if there is a connection between both companies.
Another company gained hundreds of tenders
Another company that has delivered this year food for children in the kindergartens in Chisinau is Sanex Trade, managed by Stepanida Grosu. Products of this company were delivered to the kindergartens in Botanica, Centru and Ciocana sectors. The company in Ialoveni gained an income worth 8 million lei for 9 contracts signed. Sanex-Trade Company delivered food both in Chisinau and throughout the country and signed more than 300 contracts with mayor’s offices, lyceums and healthcare institutions in many districts.
Two employees of the company Natalia and Serghei Bahcivanji were detained by police and were placed under arrest for 20 and 30 days respectively and they are charged of traffic of influence and active corruption. According to some sources, these 2 are daughter and son in law of Tatiana Cebotari, adviser of the minister of Education, Corina Fusu.
Also, they represent the company Status-Prim, another winner of the tenders organized by the Departments of Education in Chisinau. The company was registered in 2009 in village Alexandrovca, Ialoveni and is founded and managed by Nadejda Bahcivanji. In 2012, the company gained hundreds of tenders of food products supply to educational institutions in the country but later it did not participate in any tender.
The database of the Public Procurement Agency does not show any contract signed this year by this company with any department of education in Chisinau. The company was contracted either through the Central Market or was a subcontractor of SRL Sanex Comert.
Natalia Bahcivanji and his husband Serghei seem to appear in the phone calls made public by the NAC. She is the woman who discusses with the man about the beaten apples that were supposed to be delivered to kindergartens.
Contacted by phone, Tatiana Cebotari confirmed that Natalia Bahcivanji is her daughter, but denied any connection with the tenders gained by companies Sanex Comerț and Status Prim. „These companies gained tenders in 2009, 2010. I have been employed at the Ministry one year ago, how could I influence these tenders?”, reacted the adviser. Cebotari said that she was sorry that following a bright career at Court of Accounts and National Energy Regulatory Agency, she is now subject to critics of the press. "Has anyone proved my daughter's fault? Is it a court decision? We conduct inspections throughout the country and now I can say that we have found food of poor quality ", she said. Minister of Education Corina Fusu, has informed us by phone that she was sick and could not provide any details. "I cannot give any details because I'm officially now on sick leave", said the minister.
Companies under Central Market’s umbrella
Managers of companies who have not signed direct agreements of food products delivery with the departments of education in the capital were also detained in the tender rigging case in education. These companies seem to be contracted by the Municipal Enterprise Central Market that gained many procurement agreements with DEYS in Chisinau. Thus, Viorel Galasanu is the manager of the company Draur Grup, established in 2001. In previous years, the company gained many tenders organized by DEYS Rascani and Buiucani. We did not find information about company of Tatiana Jigau, another person detained in the tender rigging case in education.
Food suppliers to kindergartens in Buiucani district
Audio recordings from NAC show that the biggest problems with the quality of food were reported in Buiucani. DEYS Buiucani signed in 2016 food delivery contracts with companies Crinic Grup owned by Ghenadie Nicorici (2.1 million lei) and Lovis Angro (about one million lei). Also, the institution has contracted firms Credoprim (one million lei), Adrika (813,000 lei), Fabi & Lina (600,000 lei), Carnprodlux (665.760 lei) which, however, seem to have no connection with criminal cases examined by prosecutors.
Director of Credoprim, Gheorghe Costru claims that his company delivers dairy products to kindergartens in the capital and they never delivered perished products. "I heard audio recordings of intercepted phone calls. Surely, I have a bad opinion. They come up with all sorts of proposals and win tenders. We are producers of dairy products and we cannot afford to offer such a low price in tenders as they do. They bring products from Ukraine or elsewhere and then problems appear", says the economic unit.
Department of Education, Youth and Sport from Buiucani is the only one that signed agreements of food products supply with company Axedum, a poultry company in village Buteni, district Hancesti. DEYS Buiucani bought from Axedum food products in the amount of 600.000 lei. Founders of the company are Galina and Grigore Cojocaru, who manage many businesses. Contacted by the Center for Investigative Journalism, Dumitrita Cojocaru, commercial director of Axedum said that the company did not have any connection with this criminal case. „We have our own poultry farm. We grow our own cereals and we feed them. We have a modern slaughterhouse. There were never any claims against our products. In contrast, employees from the kindergarten buy poultry from our farm", said the source.
Companies close to DEYS Botanica
The procurements performed by DEYS Botanica are quite curious. The authority bought most of the food products from Sanex-Com (4,3 million lei, more than half of all the amount delivered by the company to the kindergartens in Chisinau), and from Premium-prod SRL (5,6 million lei). The last company founded in 2011, is constantly contracted by DEYS Botanica for food products delivery. Year by year, the agreements reach millions of lei. For the first time, Premium-prod gained a tender from DEYS Botanica in June 2011, which is 2 months after the company was set. The amount of the first agreement was 4,5 million lei. In 2016, except food products, DEYS Botanica purchased from Premium-prod, disinfectants and beds for kindergartens, in the amount of 738.000 lei.
The company with the legal address in town Ialoveni, is owned by Tamara Batin, and Violeta Palencu is the manager. A year ago, Palencu was state senior controller at the Court of Accounts. It is worth mentioning that no other Departments of Education in Chisinau required this year the services of this company. In 2011, in an article about the summer camp „Poienita Vesela” in Danceni, Ziarul de Gardă wrote about this company, contracted by DEYS Botanica, that it has not delivered in time certain food products for children. The representatives of the company did not reply for comments. It is worth mentioning that Premium-prod is not involved in tender rigging case in education.
Who delivered these food products to kindergartens in Rascani, Centru and Ciocana sectors
DEYS Rascani purchased almost all food products from Crinic Grup and Lovis Angro. Also, DEYS Centru bought a smaller amount of products from Lilian Sofrone’s company. Department of Education Centru preferred products delivered by Amager Com, a company managed by Andrei and Ion Adjer, and they signed agreements worth about 7 million lei, Sanex Grup and Prodagrotrade. It is worth mentioning that the last 3 companies are not involved in the criminal investigation initiated by the prosecutors. Accountants Mihaela Manea and Olesea Malii were responsible for each tender and the head of the working group was Ion Musteata, deputy head of the department.
DEYS Ciocana had favorite companies as well. Serviabil SRL was responsible for food products delivery to kindergartens in this sector and they signed contracts worth over five million lei. The company that was contracted only by DEYS Ciocana is owned by Tatiana and Gheorghe Angheluta. "We are not involved in this scandal. We are official distributors of Lactis and there have never been objections against the quality of our products. In this case, I do not know what to say. Everyone is responsible from staff to top management. There is much to say about this scandal, but I hope that the investigation will be ongoing", said Victoria Angheluta, commercial director at Serviabil SRL.
Profcar Trade benefited actually from agreements just with DEYS Ciocana, but of a smaller value–783.314 lei. This company is owned by Valentina Evtodieva. Contracts worth almost one million lei were signed with Fabi & Lina and Nipetgal, a company owned by Nicolae Petcoglo, business partner of Fiodor Ianioglo, who was elected last week MP in the People’s Assembly of Gagauzia. Nobody of the representatives of companies Serviabil, Profcar Trade and Nipetgal is involved in tenders rigging case in education.
30 criminal cases and 11 municipal officials detained by NAC
Anti-corruption Prosecution started 30 criminal cases in tenders rigging case in education, involving 24 persons, of which 18 were detained. 11 of them are municipal officials from the Departments of Education, Youth and Sport in all sectors of Chisinau. Yesterday, 4 of them were arrested. They are- Svetlana Balean, lawyer at DETS Botanica sector, Ana Varlan, head of DEYS Centru, businessman Ghenadie Nicorici and one more businessman. Today, hearings for preventive measures continue. Maria Cusnir, chief-accountant of DEYS Rascani was placed under house arrest.
According to data of the investigation, the procurement process took place with serious violations of the law by favoring certain economic units. Scheme operated as follows: for signing procurement contracts, decision makers of the departments reached an understanding with a group of economic units to increase the prices to offers so that more expensive offers win tenders. Or by prior agreement, many economic units with different price offers, but which had the same founder participated in the tender. Economic units paid the civil servants for favoring certain sums of money every month or for each tender.
After prosecutors revealed schemes about food products delivery, mayor Dorin Chirtoaca came with a reply: "We expected such a situation. They were warned at previous meetings of the City Hall, to act in line with the law. " Yesterday, Chisinau City Hall announced that the general mayor of the capital ordered an investigation on this case. The results of the investigation will be made public by December 14. "The mayor has not received lately signals about the poor quality of food delivered to kindergartens. There have been such complaints in previous years and they intervened. The City Hall did not know about current situation revealed by prosecutors . We are awaiting for the list of officials covered by the criminal investigation to take a decision on them ", said the mayor's spokesman, Vadim Branzaniuc. Head of General Department for Education, Youth and Sports Tatiana Nagnibeda-Tverdohleb did not answer our phone calls to comment on this case.
The investigation was accomplished under the Campaign „Public Money Is My Money Too”, carried out by the Centre for Investigative Journalism (CIJM) and the Association for Efficient and Responsible Governance (AGER), within a project funded by the European Union and the National Endowment for Democracy.
Investigations in the same category:
THE BIG SHOTS OF AMBULANCES
● The Moldovan citizens will have to pay back a loan of 12 million euros from the Development Bank of the Council of Europe (CEB) following an allegedly political contract for the delivery of 168 ambulances assembled in Turkey, on the border with Syria, by obscure companies connected to the AKP party run by Turkish President, Recep Erdogan. ● The tender`s budget was increased after an exaggerated amount of quality consumables worth about 2 million lei [100,000 euros] were introduced in the specifications. ● The procurement procedures were launched three weeks after the illegal deportation of seven Turkish teachers from Moldova in September 2018. Moldovan
Only in 2017, the state institutions in the Republic of Moldova spent over MDL 74.8 million for unplanned increases in the price of public procurements made. For this reason, about 700 additional agreements on increasing the value of the procurement contracts were signed. In 2015 and 2016, the price increases approved by additional agreements amounted to MDL 222.2 million and MDL 310.3 million, respectively. According to the experts, there are several reasons why the public authorities accept this. Sometimes, these increases are justified, in other cases - these are made because of someone’s interest or unwillingness of the contracting
Grand motorsports complex planned in Orhei, for which there is no money
Orhei authorities have announced two years ago about the construction of a European motorsports complex, in the absence of enough money. Almost two million lei were wasted for designing the complex: 1.2 million lei from the national budget and over 600,000 from the district budget, after which the project stopped, because money was not earmarked for the construction. The Court of Auditors found that the design was done in the absence of a feasibility study and the procurement group rejected the company that proposed the lowest price as the selection criterion was breached. As a result, the National Anticorruption
“Sick” procurements in healthcare field
National Agency of Medicines and Medical Devices (AMDM) announces a public tender for supply with necessary medicines for hospitals in 2017. As much as about 500 million lei were earmarked for healthcare field. Center for Investigative Journalism showed in an investigation that, in previous years, public money intended for procurement in Health – about 800 million lei - reached the accounts of seven companies. Four of them were included in 2015 in the blacklist of the Public Procurement Agency, after Moldovan medical institutions faced a drug shortage crisis which, according to authorities, was caused by the boycott of these
Modernization with criminal case at Moldova State University. Illegal tender or attempted political revenge?
Moldova State University (USM) and the construction company Lagmar-Impex SRL started a few years ago a large investment for infrastructure development of the educational institution that would end in 2018. Under the project, the company committed to renovating many dormitories for students and a classroom block. Instead, USM ceded 2 plots in the center of the capital. Here, the company raised a huge residential complex which sells apartments, whose prices start from 444 euros/ 1 square meter. A year ago, the "business" came into sight of Anticorruption prosecutors and officers. The police suspected that the public tender for the
Endless tenders for a project worth 8 million lei
Residents in two villages in district Straseni risk losing a project worth eight million lei, money that was earmarked for the construction of an aqueduct. The tender for selecting the company in charge with works was already organized four times and each time it was challenged by several companies. They disagree that they were disqualified for presenting lower prices than the project’s value. In turn, members of the procurement group say that the law does not allow tenderers to radically decrease the amounts indicated by the designers. The process can be delayed because the appeals are examined in the
Schools with debts of millions on the brink of a new school year
On the brink of the new school year, most schools in Criuleni have debts of thousands of dollars and some -even millions; they are at the risk of reaching the court. The debts date back three years ago when the district authorities have approved a project by which schools were forced to replace all doors and windows. The works were made in advance and the debt was supposed to be paid within 3 years. When the term expired, the company claimed the money which was invested, while headmasters said that they did not have money. The money for project funding
Unprofitable business of the capital
Lands and nonresidential spaces owned by Chisinau Citi Hall is a real godsend for different economic units or people close to local public authorities. Some of them rented spaces with a surface of hundreds of square meters at a price of just seven lei per square meter; others privatized entire buildings at the price required for a dorm room. Although the law requires organizing public tenders for leasing and privatization of lands and buildings in the capital, the authorities avoid this procedure. Thus, public property management, especially of non-residential spaces and lands, is the most damaging activity of the
Councilor-landowner and scandal with plots in Colonita
The mandate of councilor made himself landowner in Colonita. Igor Luchian has recently got 3 plots sold based on a decision of the council which he voted. In addition, in that period he was part of the commission for public tenders. Councilors from the opposition request return of the land to the village and accuse Luchian of conflict of interest. Also, the municipality is charged of "selling" the land based on deals, to people who take advantage of changes in the law, whereby the use of agricultural land can be changed by a vote of the local council and
How was the state deprived of 30 million lei
The state paid 10 million lei for tons of equipment that languishes for years in the stock of an economic unit. The equipment was purchased for a treatment plant, which the authorities in Criuleni have been trying to build it for nearly a decade. The fate of the investment is uncertain while a part of the engineering networks installed were damaged. Meanwhile, the district council pays tens of thousands of dollars annually for storing equipment which nobody knows whether it will ever be used. Works performed by halves The project "Evacuation of waste water from town Criuleni to water treatment
Banned sausages still being served to children in schools and kindergartens
Tons of sausages are still being served to children in schools and kindergartens, despite the discontent of some parents as well as an order of the Ministry of Health which has banned the overfat cold cuts since 2012. The ministry has recently issued another order by which it wishes to indefeasibly take the sausages off the menu in schools and kindergartens since 1st of June. As only a few days are left until then, it is not known whether all the kindergartens will manage to remove the sausages from the menu. The authorities are not in a hurry to
Incompetence in public procurement costs us millions
The public money comes to be spent meaninglessly because the persons responsible for procurement don’t have the necessary preparation. The mistakes of the persons responsible for public procurement cost us millions. Due to the fact that the authorities have no capacity to conduct trainings, the specialists state they learn how to carry out a tender on the internet, and also from their own mistakes. For many of them, the development of technical specifications is like a formula from applied physics. The investigation has been conducted as a result of a notification on the Corruption Map. Unaware of what technical specifications look like An error
The Authorities of the Capital City, "Eminent" In Squandering Money for Derelict Schools
At least ten schools of Chișinău municipality have been closed over the past years because of the small number of pupils. Beyond the decision about their closedown, the authorities intended to make savings. However, the reality shows that, in the absence of a clear strategy, the buildings of phantom schools still continue to devour millions of lei from the municipal budget. Experts argue that an estimate of the number of pupils and schools should be done and that planning of the use of empty areas should be done based on the respective figures: either to change their destination, or
Road Repair in Chișinău and the Interests of the Mayor Dorin Chirtoacă
The rehabilitation of Stefan cel Mare Boulevard and of Alecsandri and Negruzzi streets in the capital costs us astronomical sums, while the company which executes the works seems to have some relation with Mayor Dorin Chirtoacă. This project aimed at the repair of nearly seven kilometres of road is worth 11.5 million Euros, the money being borrowed. The municipality would have paid a million and a half Euros less, if no infringements were committed at the tender, as confirmed both by the National Integrity Commission, and by a special inquiry commission of Chişinău Municipal Council. The works are being carried
Works Worth Millions Abandoned on the Construction Site at the Presidency Building
The 7th of April 2009 meant scattered hopes and, in the same time, the depletion of the budget by the urge to repair the buildings of the Parliament and of the Presidency destroyed during the violent protests. While the Parliament building was renovated in the meantime, an abandoned construction site lies opposite, at the Presidency building. Under the pressure of the crisis, the renovation works were stopped back in 2011, 106 million lei being spent before that, a sufficient amount for performing half of the works. The authorities have not allocated any funds to preserve the building, therefore at least
Secret Companies and Deals in Rezina
Three companies managed by the same person are the favourites of the authorities of the district of Rezina in terms of public procurements. Every second contract in the field of repairs and constructions was awarded during the period September 2013 - April 2015 to one of the three companies in which Liviu Jitari figures either as a manager, or as a founder: Litarcom, AVI Borș and Capilla. A predilection which arouses suspicion Based on three contracts concluded with Litarcom LLC, the administration of the district of Rezina allocated 2.46 million lei for the renovation of the rooms rented in the premises
Illegal tenders (II)
In a system full of corruption and bribes, in the past two years, only one mayor was caught in the act and then given suspended sentence. He was charged of having frauded a public tender. Though, some tenders seem more than doubtful and the witnesses of some businessmen and mayors reveal a world where the shadow games and the bribes dictate the rules of the game, rules which are accepted by all sides, otherwise, they are excluded from the deal. Continuation No doubt, company Litarcom SRL can be called one of the champions of tenders in the last four years. It won
How the Local Government of Zîrnești Trifles the Public Money Away
The local government of Zîrnești, district of Cahul has compromised a lot of projects with public funds, worth millions of lei. Over one million was thrown away for road renovation, but apart from potholes, nothing can be seen. The House of Culture was renovated, but the roof leaks as before. In the kindergarten, which is equipped with old furniture, everywhere were placed video surveillance cameras, purchased without any tender. To build an agricultural market, the mayoralty hired a relative of the mayor, and dubious schemes were applied during the execution of certain public works. The string of irregularities is
Illegal tenders (I)
In a system full of corruption and bribes, in the past two years, only one mayor was caught in the act and then given suspended sentence. He was charged of having frauded a public tender. Though, some tenders seem more than doubtful and the witnesses of some businessmen and mayors reveal a world where the shadow games and the bribes dictate the rules of the game, rules which are accepted by all sides, otherwise, they are excluded from the deal. In the past years, many Moldovan villages benefited from profitable investment projects. Either it is about the roads reparation, schools
Who dribbles the law in the file of the National Stadium?
The National Stadium situated in the centre of the capital city, where the most important football matches were played in former times, is derelict for almost ten years. In 2006, the Communist governance decided to renovate the sports arena and, without conducting any tender, the company Basconslux was designated to do the demolition, the costs of the works at that stage being estimated at eight million lei. Nevertheless, this company, that was the winner in a number of public tenders, was not paid, although it performed the works. In 2013, after a long correspondence with the authorities, Basconslux started
A former mayor of Peticeni reaped a bakery at the expense of kindergarten children
A group of inhabitants of the village of Peticeni, district of Călăraşi have been struggling for more than a decade for the return of the canteen’s building back to the kindergarten, as, in their opinion, it was illegally alienated. The transaction was done with the consent of the former mayor, and the building became the property of his wife. The case was reported by the villagers on the Corruption Map of Anticoruptie.md website. The kindergarten (left) and the former food unit, today a bakery (right) Photo: CIJM In January 2004, the local council of the village of Peticeni, district of Călăraşi (the
A Dubious Acquisition: How the Town of Cahul Has Got a Defective Snow Removal Machine
The abundant snow fell in the past weeks has disclosed a problematic public procurement made four years ago by the local government of Cahul. Then, the Communist mayor Petru Burlacu concluded, after a public tender, a contract for the purchase of a truck equipped with an anti-skid material spreader with ”Driving LLC”, owned by the daughter of Paul Anton, the leader of the Communist faction in the Town Council of Cahul. The truck, 9 years old, became a pest for sanitation officials. It has never worked properly – it was not in a good technical condition when it was purchased,
The Companies of Oleg Sârbu, Member of Parliament – Favourite Suppliers to State Institutions
Two out of the nine companies owned by the Democrat MP Oleg Sârbu are constant suppliers of food and fuel to three psycho-neurological boarding houses from the northern part of the country, all of which are under the subordination of the Ministry of Labour, Social Protection and Family. Throughout the period 2013-2015, Valentina Buliga, party colleague of Oleg Sârbu, was at the head of this ministry. The former minister says she has not influenced anyhow the tenders. The fact is that the respective companies, alongside with a third one, specialized in fuel sale, supplied to State institutions goods and
Tenders for the family of the Director of the Public Procurement Agency
The company owned by the Director of the Public Procurement Agency won in the last 2 years tenders’ worth 35 million lei, managed by the state institution. Most of lucrative tenders won by this company have been challenged by competitors, but in most cases, the Agency’s representatives have dismissed the claims of economic units. Business partners and the family of the Head of Public Procurement Agency have been successful at tenders in recent years, winning contracts worth tens of millions of lei. The building where is located Public Procurement Agency. Photo: CIJM Viorel Mosneaga was appointed deputy director at the Public Procurement
A Project for the Dump of Bubuieci Compromised by the Interests
The amount of 4 million lei, allocated 3 years ago by the National Ecological Fund (NEF) to the local government of Bubuieci for the purchase of two mobile stations for construction waste processing, has become a matter of prosecutorial investigation. The General Prosecutor’s Office (GP) has initiated a penal case for embezzlement, by virtue of art. 191 of the Penal Code, and the prosecution is now underway. The GP’s Office informed us about it in the response to an inquiry. In fact, nobody knows who exactly is prosecuted – the former members of NEF Board of Directors who disbursed
Millions of the City Hall “buried” in 41 yards in Chisinau
The arrangement of some yards in Chisinau and creation of some thousands parking spaces, which the mayor Dorin Chirtoaca praised in the summing up for 2015, cost 53,3 million lei, an unjustified sum, say experts. Moreover, the purchasing agreement of these works was concluded with some procedural violations. The agreement signed between the City Hall and the company that performed the works, Lucet-comert is unclear. The document does not stipulate the exact number of yards and parking spaces to be arranged and does not show the addresses where the works are performed. Though this company has not fully completed its
Schools in Taraclia, obliged to allocate one million lei for equipment they don’t need
Taraclia Rayon Council has allocated about one million lei for useless equipment - heat generators for the sports halls of the Rayon gymnasiums and lyceums. At the same time, the school managers say the money had to be spent on works which are more necessary, the councilors state that they have thought about the pupils’ health. The “deal” has been made without resorting to public procurement, being promoted by the former head of Rayon and unanimously voted by the Rayon councilors. The money for the heating sources has been used from the so-called Rayon component for education, a joint school
Vladimir Molojen was acquitted after he enriched his family’s company during his tenure
Vladimir Molojen (69), former Minister of Information Development, concluded public contracts estimated at over two million lei with the company of his family seven years ago. He was acquitted on December 9th, by the Buiucani District Court in the capital, though the anticorruption prosecutor ruled six years in prison. The judgment was delivered by the court president, Dorin Dolghier. The prosecution took a year and a half, and then the trial was in the court for 4 years. Since then, the prosecutor of this case Mihail Ivanov, warned several times that the examination was delayed deliberately. He enriched his family’s
The stories from www.anticoruptie.md may be used in the limit of up to 1,000 characters. Web pages must indicate the source and link directly to the article. Print media, Radio and TV stations must indicate the source. Publishing full version of stories is allowed based on a prior agreement with the Center for Investigative Journalism. Articles published on www.anticoruptie.md are protected by the Law on copyright and related rights of Republic of Moldova.