Assets totaling 1.9 billion lei of a commercial bank involved in the banking fraud were sequestrated with the aim of repairing the damage caused by laundering money in the interests of an organized criminal group and by abuse of power, the Prosecutor General’s Office has said, being quoted by IPN.
The assets could be eventually confiscated for the benefit of the state. These include 54 cars, 24 buildings and four special vehicles to the value of 58 million lei and 114 state securities worth 1.85 billion lei.
In a press release, Victoriabank says it was surprised to learn about its inclusion in this case that concerns events that happened in Moldova’s banking system six years ago. “The bank is also surprised that information about the given situation is disseminated without it being informed about those events. Victoriabank, in its current form and after the transformation started in 2018, has no connection with the case investigated by the authorities. To prove this, Victoriabank cooperates with the authorities and is waiting for the next stages of the process,” runs the press release.
The bank also says that its international shareholders, Banca Transilvania and the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, and also its local shareholders, including founders of Victoriabank, whose goal is to contribute to modernizing the banking system of Moldova and to support the country’s economic growth, were unpleasantly surprised by the situation and consider that the recent actions are a threat to the financial-banking stability and an obstacle to the country’s development.