Ghenadie Tanas, an officer of the National Anticorruption Center about whom Action and Solidarity Party deputy Andrian Cheptonar declared on November 18th, during the Parliament session, that he is a millionaire in euros, was, in 2017, the subject of a ZdG investigation entitled the Moneylender of the Anticorruption Center. ZdG wrote then that Ghenadie Tanas, who held the position of head of the Northern Territorial Directorate of the institution, owned movable and immovable property whose value exceeded his declared income.
At the same time, he lent tens of thousands of euros to several people. In at least one case documented by ZdG, Tanas used his mother, a teacher, as a creditor, and in at least four cases, Tanas appealed to the court to force the debtors to return about 60 thousand euros.
In the sitting of the Parliament on Thursday, November 18, while the activity of the National Anticorruption Center was being discussed, the Action and Solidarity Party deputy Andrian Cheptonar, spoke for several minutes from the rostrum of the Parliament about the officer Ghenadie Tanas, saying that he is a millionaire in euros being nicknamed by his colleagues as the “oligarch.”
“This individual is nicknamed inside the National Anticorruption Center as the ‘oligarch.’ I was told that honest officers know him as the most corrupt officer in the institution, named Ghena Tanas. (…) I will present some information that was brought to my attention by people from Ungheni, where this person is from, but also by his colleagues, whose work was thrown in the trash by the head of the criminal investigation. This person is a millionaire in euros. He owns hundreds of agricultural lands, commercial buildings, apartments, and houses, registered in the name of parents, brothers, and other intermediaries. It is also said in Ungheni that he is both a moneylender and a sponsor of smuggling. He lends money to people in need, asks them to pledge real estate on the mentioned intermediaries, and when people can’t return the loan, the Anticorruption Center officer takes their house,” said Cheptonar.
The deputy then listed a series of properties that he claims Tanas owns directly or through intermediaries.
“In 2009, the mother of the anti-corruption officer, a teacher at a simple school in the village, bought a 60m.p. in Ungheni. In 2010, his father, a tractor driver, bought a 47 m.p. in Ungheni and one of 100 m.p. new in Chișinău. Subsequently, in 2014 and 2015, the oligarch’s father and brother bought 24 parking spaces in the yard of the same block. In 2010 his mother bought another house in Călărași, in the same year his brother came into possession of a house on Eminescu Street in Ungheni. In 2012 he also buys an apartment of 50 m.p. on Boico street in Ungheni, his brother, in the following years, bought a house of 89 m.p. and two commercial buildings on Musatov Street in Ungheni, with surfaces of 83 and 129 m.p.”
According to Deputy Cheptonar, Officer Ghenadie Tanas owns, along with his mother and brother, about 500 hectares of agricultural land.
“I will stop for a moment at the agricultural lands he owns. Ghena’s parents, a tractor driver and a music teacher, own in addition to all the above-mentioned buildings, 26 plots of land with a total area of 154 hectares. Ghena owns 373 agricultural lands in its own name, with a total area of 350 hectares. So a total of 500 acres on an anti-corruption officer. As for cash, a year ago the person went to energy consulting companies and asked what to invest half a million euros in – solar or wind,” stated the Action and Solidarity Party deputy.
About Ghenadie Tanas’s apartments, houses, commercial buildings, agricultural lands, but also about his usury activities, ZdG wrote in December 2017. Contacted then by ZdG reporters, Tanas denies that he owns real estate registered on third parties and he gave assurances that all his assets were included in his declaration of wealth.
“All goods and properties are bought from the money I gained personally, from my official income, and in some cases, I turned to relatives or friends for help,” said the anticorruption officer in 2017.
At the same time, Tanas denies that he would deal with usury activities, stating that he only helps his friends and acquaintances with loans: “It is true, as many people do, throughout their lives, I borrowed money in smaller or larger amounts. I was in a situation where I had to go to court to recover my money borrowed from good friends or acquaintances, money that, in turn, I borrowed from other people, with whom I ended up in situations of conflict because I could not repay their debt. Speaking of this money, I assure you that I did not receive financial dividends, because only banking institutions do this.”