The former acting head of Banca de Economii Viorel Birka was sentenced to 10 years in prison in a criminal case of “stealing a billion”. Moreover, he was banned from holding certain positions for a five-year term. This decision was made by the Buiucan Court on January 29.
As a guarantee of compensation for damages, the court imposed a sequestration on 1/2 share of his property, which amounts to 4 million lei. Also, 32,550 lei, which were spent on legal expenses, will be withdrawn from the account of the accused in favor of the state.
According to the Anti-Corruption Prosecutor’s Office, from July 2013 to September 2014, Birka, being the head of BEM and acting in the interests of a criminal group, helped to withdraw $100 million from the bank.
Birka was detained in December 2020, along with five other suspects in the case of the “stealing a billion.” At the same time, the ex-president of UniBank Dmitri Tsugulsky, was arrested.