And there goes number six

Finally!

Robert Negoita, Mayor of Bucharest’s Sector 3 and one of just two (of seven) Bucharest mayors elected in 2012 who had not yet been charged with corruption, was this morning charged with tax evasion. Specifically, Negoita is alleged to have failed to pay VAT on thousands of apartments he sold during his time as a property developer from 2005-09, an amount totalling 77,148,021 lei precisely.

That’s €17,251,472.

Incredibly, Negoita appears to have no intention of withdrawing from June’s mayoral election. He said that the charges related to the period before he went into politics, and have no connection to his political career.

In other words: it’s fine to be a crook as long as you aren’t a politician.

Negoita’s party – even if it is the PSD – might well see things differently. We would not be surprised to see the party force his hand on this one.

The saddest thought today however is this: should Negoita somehow manage to stay on the ballot paper come June, there is a good chance that under the one-round voting system he would win, despite the charges against him. The non-thinking, non-questioning pensioners and other expired specimens who vote for whoever the PSD tells them will make it so.

Depressing.

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2 thoughts on “And there goes number six

  1. What’s curious is that the VAT issue has been long known. Many real estate developers were building apartment blocks as private persons in order to avoid VAT. That changed around 2011, when there were some court judgments, among other things.
    Also in 2011, VAT was applied to all of Negoita’s developments (Confort City and some more), the apartments were attached/seized and then gradually sold by ANAF (the tax authorities). The latest auction was in March 2016.
    Now the DNA unearths the same thing on the basis of a complaint made in 2009 by ANAF…
    As a matter of fact, many developers still play with their legal status (private person vs company) in order to optimize their taxes in other respects than VAT.

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