Police Charge Five Over Interior Ministry Tenders
The former deputy head of the supplies section at the Ministry of Interior has been charged with abuse of his position and money laundering after he was found to have been taking commission bribes for making sure ministry contracts went to specific companies.
The police have already seized around EUR 87,000 from the man’s bank accounts and his prized BMW, which is worth another EUR 35,000 or so. Another man is also being accused of money laundering as part of the same investigation, as it was his company that was receiving the state contracts illegitimately.
The two men were basically splitting the profit from the contracts in half, with the company guaranteed to win the tenders thanks to them being tailor-made to it, a practice that is commonly used in dubious public procurement deals. In total the company allegedly received contracts worth around EUR 2.7 million in this way.
Three other people who put their signatures to the deals could also be facing the same charges, with all five accused being at risk of 20 years behind bars. The former ministry employee, named as Luboslav D, is thought to have received a minimum of EUR 178,000 for his part in the scheme.