Moldtelecom had practices that harmed the company, APP director

The audit carried out at Moldtelecom company highlighted several vicious practices, which directly affected the financial results of the company. The statement belongs to the director of the Public Property Agency (APP), Eugeniu Moraru. At a press conference held on September 18, the APP director pointed out that Moldtelecom promoted certain economic agents and made unjustified payments, IPN reports.

"Under a contract concluded in April 2013 with a foreign investment company regarding the organization, operation, administration and maintenance of the Number Portability database, Moldtelecom paid 110 million lei for practically non-existent services," declared Eugeniu Moraru.

The APP director mentioned that, following the verifications, it turned out that the outsourcing of international voice traffic services led to the development of a third party company, while Moldtelecom was able to develop this sector on its own.

„Moldtelecom has contracted a financial audit for 2017 to be carried out by an international company. The audit has not been submitted so far, although the services have been paid in full”, said Eugeniu Moraru.

Among the irregularities found, the APP director has also mentioned the use of company’s financial resources for personal purposes. "The former manager of the company benefited from unjustified bonuses in 2019, while company’s performance indicators have been artificially raised", specified the director of APP

Eugeniu Moraru also mentioned that the company's employees, under the guise of service trips, made trips for personal purposes. "The former general manager and the former financial director of Moldtelecom travelled to Dubai on March 6-10, 2019, the total expenses amounting to 125,000 lei. No work related activity or business meeting has been carried out. The former managers have opted for accommodation in top luxury rooms. Unmotivated trips have been taken rather for tourist purposes than in business interest by the former general manager to destinations such as Amsterdam, Tel Aviv, Berlin, out of Moldtelecom account being spent over 400,000 lei”, said Eugeniu Moraru.

APP director stated that Moldtelecom was not on the privatization agenda and an internal investigation on the findings has been ordered.