20 Jun 2011

Anti-Corruption Prosecutors Raid Customs Officials, Ministry Official, and Senator

Anti-corruption prosecutors in Romania raided the homes of 50 customs officials, the Interior Ministry Secretary General – Laurentiu Mironescu (pictured here) -, and Senator Mircea Banias on suspicion of smuggling gasoline through the Black Sea port of Constanta.

Tax evasion in the gasoline smuggling scandal has cost the state an estimated 1 million euros (~$1.42 million), with Mr. Mironescu being fired from the ministry, while the customs officials’ homes were raided on suspicion of tax evasion.

Romanian authorities have launched a crackdown this year on customs officials and border patrol agents, with roughly 180 people having been arrested so far.

For the original article from Boston.com, please click here.

The photo of Mr. Mironescu comes from his official page from the Romanian parliament, found here (available in English, French, and Romanian).