The Integrity Authority Accuses the Former Deputy Serghei Sîrbu of Illicit Enrichment and Orders the Confiscation of Unjustified Wealth Amounting to 95,000

The Integrity Authority Accuses the Former Deputy Serghei Sîrbu of Illicit Enrichment and Orders the Confiscation of Unjustified Wealth Amounting to 95,000
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01 December 2021 | 16:26

The National Integrity Authority concluded the wealth control procedure on behalf of the former member of the Parliament, Serghei Sîrbu, and ordered the confiscation of the “unjustified wealth” of the former deputy in the amount of 95,000 euros.

In the finding, the integrity inspector ordered the confiscation of “unjustified assets” in the amount of 95,000 euros for the benefit of the state. The confiscation decision should be made by a court. Meanwhile, the integrity inspector submitted requests to the General Prosecutor’s Office and the State Fiscal Service. General Prosecutor’s Office was notified for false statements, illicit enrichment, money laundering, and misuse of loans. From the State Fiscal Service, the Integrity Authority requested the initiation of a tax investigation on the former deputy’s brother.

During the control, the integrity inspector found an amount of 95,000 euros that could not be legally justified. The substantial difference was established for the years 2016-2019, during which Serghei Sîrbu exercised a public dignity position. Additionally, the former deputy declared erroneous data in his wealth declaration for the years 2016-2019.

„He did not declare revenues in the total amount of over 50,000 euros, he included erroneous data about the revenues obtained in the form of donations in 2018, in the amount of over 10,000 euros and, respectively in 2019, in the amount of 20,000 euros. Serghei Sîrbu also erroneously declared information about the cash held in the form of a loan granted to an individual in the amount of 38,000 dollars and 30,000 euros. For 2018 there are erroneous data about cash held in the form of savings in the amounts of 16,000 euros, and in 2019, the same error is found about cash in savings in the amount of 30,000 euros.”

In the explanations offered to the integrity inspector, Serghei Sîrbu stated that the source of the money is from the family’s legal income – allowances, travel allowances, but also from donations obtained at family events or other kinds of aids. Serghei Sîrbu mentioned that for these donations he did not prepare civil legal documents in written form – “this state of affairs does not affect the validity of the donation contract, since the donated good was handed over to the donor.”

The integrity inspector accepted only part of the former deputy’s arguments, which he proved by supporting documents.

In nine years, Serghei Sîrbu changed four political parties. For the first time, Sîrbu arrives in the Parliament in 2012, on the Communist Party lists, and soon he joins the Democratic Party. After the Democratic Party lost power in June 2019, Sîrbu participated in the creation of the PRO Moldova faction. In a few months, however, he leaves PRO Moldova and forms, together with other ex-democratic deputies and those of the Shor Party, the parliamentary platform For Moldova.

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