Criminal case started over embezzlement of public funds on import of electricity

The Prosecutor General’s Office announced that it took legal action over appropriation of the financial resources of the state through the agency of schemes in the process of importing electrical energy into the Republic of Moldova, with considerable damage being caused to the state as a result, IPN reports.

It was determined that at the start of 2008, decision makers of SA “Energocom”, which ensured the provision of the Republic of Moldova with electricity, implemented an illegal scheme through which they embezzled public funds totaling US$ 11 927 173, which is equal to 123 957 916 lei. The scheme was put into practice by prior agreement and by common accord with officials of the Ministry of Economy and Infrastructure, the National Agency for Energy Regulation and other persons, including from outside the country.

According to the PGO, the implemented scheme enabled the involved persons to appropriate state funds by unreasonably increasing the purchase price of electricity and by appropriating the difference in price.

“Given the complexity of this case centering on the country’s energy security, the prosecutor general ordered that a group of prosecutors of the Prosecutor General’s Office should handle this case,” the institution said in a press release.

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