Judges involved in Russian money laundering
Anti-corruption prosecutors announced the arrest of 15 current and former judges, involved in the laundering of over 20 billion dollars from the Russian Federation through the Moldovan banking system. Investigations reveal that almost each of them, irrespective of whether they quitted or remained in the system, has also been involved in other actions incompatible with the law.
Sergei Gubenco has been in the judicial system since 2010. In March 2016, there was a presidential decree that appointed him the Chairman of the Comrat Court of Appeal, despite the fact that his name had already appeared in a journalistic investigation on money laundering and shady connections.
The President Nicolae Timofti rejected Gubenco’s candidacy three times, making reference to a report of the Intelligence and Security Service, but the Superior Council of Magistracy has repeatedly proposed his candidacy. Most likely, Gubenco does not know the state language and trials are held in Russian, contrary to the law.
According to his income and property statement for 2015, the magistrate Gubenco owns an apartment with an area of 98 square meters, estimated at 111 thousand lei, purchased in 2004, and in 2006, Comrat municipality allotted him an apartment of 94 square meters. The magistrate also declared a house ofn100 square meter that was under construction and a garage with a basement and attic, estimated at 60 thousand lei.
Five years ago, the judge Gubenco issued a court decision which granted 200 million dollars to the British Seabon Ltd, following a dispute of the Russian Companies Omega and Laimex and Victor Agapiev, an inhabitant of Congaz, Moldova.
Gubenco also ruled out the release from custody of a person that attacked a young woman with a knife, thus causing the outrage of the residents of Comrat.
Sergei Gubenco was part of a special committee, composed of five members, who decided on the list of judges to benefit from housing at reduced prices.
Garri Bivol has been a magistrate in the Center District Court of Chisinau for 12 years. In 2013, Garri Bivol legalized 640 million dollars of the 20 billion.
Garri Bivol is known for several controversial decisions. In 2013, the magistrate issued a decision that validated the grant of 14 million lei from the state budget to a private company for the demolition of the Republican Stadium. Disciplinary proceedings were initiated against the magistrate, but he escaped, due to the expiry of the limitation period.
Magistrate Bivol helped Sergiu Papuha, his colleague from Rascani District Court of Chisinau, to obtain an apartment from the Chisinau City Hall. The local public administration challenged Bivol’s decision, claiming that Papuha had no right to social housing. "He managed to get an apartment through court decisions, although he was not entitled to it. Judge Papuha had already received from the state both land for construction, and an apartment," lawyers of Chisinau municipality argued.
The magistrate Garri Bivol imposed sanctions on the former Minister of Internal Affairs Dorin Recean because the latter failed to fulfill a court decision on the reinstatement of the controversial police officer Ruslan Saachian. The minister filed a complaint against the magistrate for having taken the decision in his absence. The then Minister of Justice, Oleg Efrim, requested sanctions for Bivol "It was found that the judge had committed violations of mandatory rules, which served a reason to instigate disciplinary proceedings," Oleg Efrim said.
The press also wrote that Garri Bivol was allegedly involved in a raider attack on the Savings Bank of Moldova (BEM). In 2013, the Judge legalized a transaction on the acquisition of a 16.5 percent stake in BEM by the offshore Lectom LTD.
Additionally, a lawyer filed a complaint against Garri Bivol, claiming that in September 2010, the magistrate issued two conclusions with respect to a person suspected of double murder that theoretically should have been identical. However, the conclusion issued to the lawyer read that the suspect was placed under preventive arrest for a period of 60 days, while the conclusion given to the prosecutor did not indicate that the suspect was to spend two months in custody.
In 2005, a year after obtaining the judge mandate, Garri Bivol’s wife inherited a house, 3 plots of land adjoining to the house and four plots of agricultural land. In his property statement, Garri Bivol does not declare any real estate property, although he was seen driving several luxury cars.
On 8 October 2016, Ghenadie Birnaz will mark two decades of his activity in the judiciary system. Originally he was appointed judge of Botanica District of Chisinau, then transferred to the Rascani District. In accordance with the Decision no. 120/8 of 13 June 2014, the Board for Performance Evaluation of Judges gave Birnaz the qualifier Well, and a total of 70 points.
On 21 September 2011, Ghenadie Birnaz issued an ordinance to collect the sum of 400 million dollars in accordance with the provisions of a loan agreement, signed a year before.
Two days before that Taras Mykhaylyk, the proxy for the British PR-VERT SYSTEM LIMITED, filed an application requesting to summon to court Vyacheslav Bass, Chisinau representative of a company from New Zealand and two from the Russian Federation.
Ghenadie Birnaz lives with his family in a two-storied cottage with an area of 179 square meters, situated in Ipotesti St., Chisinau. The cadastral value of the building exceeds 875 000 lei. The magistrate indicates in his property statement that half of the house belongs to his son, who is a student and receives a monthly stipend of 1,500 lei. According the same property statement, Ghenadie Birnaz owns a plot of land of 0, 0464 ha within the built-up area of the city, a house with the surface of the 18.7 square meters and an annex of 20 square meters, worth 7 349.41 lei, which he inherited in 1999, a house with a surface of 81.2 square meters with a construction accessory of 24.6 square meters, amounting to 36 028.56 lei, also inherited in 1999.
The magistrate also indicates that he owns a Toyota Avensis (2006) worth 7,800 euros.
In 2008, Birnaz declared that he owned a land plot of 400 square meters, worth almost 200 thousand lei, another one of 1700 square meters in the village of Lopatnic, Edinet, worth 33 thousand lei, an unfinished house of 296 square meters worth 860 thousand lei, and another living house of 76 sq. m. A year later, the magistrate mentioned in his declaration of income and property only the shares in Moldavhidromash JSC, belonging to him and his wife, obtained during the privatization against patrimonial real estate, but he pointed out that they had not received any dividends. A year later, the judge announced that he had purchased a plot of land of just 64 square meters.
Stefan Nita received his judge mandate in November 1996. He worked in the Center District Court of Chisinau and since 27 November 2015, he has been a judge at the Court of Appeal. Stefan Nita is one of the judges, who acquitted the former Minister of Internal Affairs Gheorghe Papuc and the former Commissioner of Chisinau Police Department Vladimir Botnari, accused by the prosecutors in the "7 April" case.
Stefan Nita was involved in Russian money laundering schemes by legalizing 200 million dollars in July 2011.
According to the income and property statement for 2015, the magistrate’s family had the following income: salary of a judge - 173 781.70 lei, his wife’s income from the activities of a lawyer - 184 474.68 lei, income from teaching, internship supervisor - 500.64 lei, and child care allowance in the amount of 38 000 lei.
In his income and property statement, the magistrate declared an enviable fortune: land for construction in Chisinau with an area of 0.044 ha, worth 209 835 lei that was acquired in 2008, owned by his wife, orchards with an area of 0.0664 ha in Truseni, worth 153.80 lei, bought in 2005, owned by his wife, three gardens in Durlesti, with an area of 0.48 ha each, purchased in 2007, three plots of agricultural land with an area of 1.5635 ha and 0.0909 ha in Hincesti, purchased in 2012. Three other plots of agricultural land with an area of 2.90 ha, 2.90 ha and 2.90 ha, amounting to 32 224 lei, purchased in 2006.
Stefan Nita’s family owns a house in Chisinau with an area of 239 square meters. The house was acquired in 2009, its cadastral value is 567 544 lei.
The magistrate also declares a Renault Scenic (produced in 2010). He claims to have purchased in 2013 at the price of 96 thousand lei.
Iurie Hirbu started his activity in the judiciary system in December 2003. On 26 August 2010, he was appointed as President of Telenesti District Court for a term of four years by a presidential decree.
The Board of Judicial Performance Evaluation gave Judge Hirbu the qualifier "Very Well” in the last evaluation. He accumulated a total of 84 points.
Five petitions were filed to the Judicial Inspection of the Superior Council of Magistracy against Iurie Hirbu, but all of them were declared unfounded.
According to Ziarul National (National Newspaper) , Iurie Hirbu is involved in three cases, aimed investigate money laundering, totaling over one billion dollars.
Agora.md news portal, claims with reference to a NAC officer (National Anticorruption Center), that a criminal case was initiated against Iurie Hirbu.
According to the news portal, on 16 August 2013, a criminal case was initiated with respect of keeping and use of false official documents, which allowed laundering the sum of 500 million dollars through Western Enterprises Limited and Liberton Associates Limited. On 19 April 2011, the two companies entered into a loan agreement, providing for a credit of half a billion dollars, which was guaranteed by the Moldovan citizen Tatiana Ananii.
After the conclusion of the contract, the borrowers did not honor their obligations. Thus, on 4 October 2011, Western Enterprises Limited requested the alleged guarantor undertaking financial liabilities. On 18 November 2011, Western Enterprises Limited filed a request to court to collect the debt. Just three days after the filing (21 November 2011!), judge Iurie Hirbu ruled out collection of the debt from Tatiana Ananii, Arsenal Company LLC, Astarta LLC, Prof Standart LLC, CompTehCompect LLC and Liberton Associates Limited. The next day, on 22 November 2011, Telenesti District Court received a letter from Tatiana Ananii claiming that she recognized the debt. According to the request for summons, Tatiana Ananii lived in the village of Tintareni, Telenesti District.
Hirbu declared income of 180 627 obtained from the salary of a judge, over 125 thousand lei from his wife’s revenues, who is a lawyer in Telenesti, and revenues of 50 thousand lei obtained from the lease of a building. Hirbu’s family owns land for construction with a surface of 0.1332 ha, worth 16 800 lei, bought in 2002, land for construction with a surface of 0,015 hectares, worth of 10 361 lei, bought in 2010, land for construction with the surface of 0.1421 ha, worth 1641 lei, purchased in 2008, an apartment with an area of 52.8 sq. m., purchased in 2004, and a house with a surface of 129 sq. m., purchased in 2002.
Shortly after the decision of 21 November 2011, Judge Hirbu started the construction of a house with the surface of the 205 sq. m., estimated at 800 thousand lei, which was put into operation in 2016.
The magistrate also indicates that since 2011, he owns an Opel Astra (produced in 2001), amounting to 53 700 lei.
Sergei Popovici began his work as a judge at Comrat District Court and on 5 September 2014, he was appointed Chairman of Comrat District Court for a term of four years. In accordance with Decision no. 131/11 of 20 December 2013 , the Board of Performance Evaluation of Judges awarded him the qualification Very Well, with a total of 76 points.
Sergei Popovici was graded with a Two by the visitors of the site, based on such criteria as professionalism, quality of decisions taken, incorruptibility, organization of trials.
The first lump sum of 500 million dollars was validated by Sergei Popovici on 21 November 2011.The decision other amount, 770 million, was made on 30 August 2013, a week after filing the request. All documents presented in court were made in the Russian and English languages, but none of them specified the bank requisites. Judge Popovici ordered to collect the amount of 700 million dollars in favor of the creditor, as well as the amount of 70 thousand dollars from the Moldavian citizen Radu Vasile, an accordance with the case materials, he was a resident of the village of Ferapontievca, Comrat.
In 2015, Sergei Popovici had a salary of 184 764.58 lei from his judicial activities and 2162 lei from teaching at the University of Comrat, while his wife had a salary of 54 469.77 lei.
The magistrate owns ½ a share of land with the surface area of the 0.12 ha within the built-up area of the city, an apartment with a surface area of 53.7 square meters, allocated by Comrat Municipal Council, ½ of an apartment with the surface area of 75, 6 square meters, obtained through an investment contract in 2014 and ½ of the apartment with a surface of the 75 sq. m., also obtained through an investment contract in 2014.
The magistrate claims to have a Mercedes E 220 (produced in 1995) worth 50 000 lei, bought in 2013
Judge Sergei Lebediuc began his activity in Comrat Court ten years ago, and in July 2012 he was transferred to military Court in Chisinau. In Accordance with Decision no. 111/8 of 13 June 2014, the Board of Performance Evaluation of Judges awarded him the qualifier Well and a total of 72 points.
On 18 August 2011, Judge Serghei Lebediuc from Comrat ruled out to jointly and severally collect from a group of borrowers 300 million dollars plus 25,000 lei as state fee. The debtors allegedly guaranteed an offshore loan to each other, the final beneficiary was Ronida Invest LLP from the UK, which had been involved in several dubious lawsuits to recover money from businesses in Moldova and Russia.
Sergei Lebediuc again got into the media spotlight on 29 December 2013, having acquitted the officers of the Department of Penitentiary Institutions, including the former director of Penitentiary No. 2 from Lipcani, accused by prosecutors of torture. Subsequently, the Chisinau Court of Appeal convicted the officers to imprisonment.
According to the income and property statement, signed by Judge Lebediuc, in 2015, he received a salary of almost 161 000 lei, and his wife - 32 thousand lei. The couple owns an apartment with a surface of 72.4 square meters worth 26 064 euros, acquired in 2014, another apartment of 64.2 square meter, estimated at 78 000 lei, acquired in 2001, and a Honda Acord (2003) worth 105 000 lei, acquired in 2010.
Liliana Andrias had served for the commercial court in Chisinau since September 2003, but in 2014, the Superior Council of Magistracy dismissed her for lack of integrity. The magistrate challenged the decision to the Supreme Court of Justice, but lost the case.
11 June 2013, the Superior Council of Magistracy proposed Liliana Andrias for the appointment by transfer to the Court of Center District of Chisinau. However, Nicolae Timofti rejected her candidacy, saying that 'while examining the nominees in the light of their compliance with the requirements, specified by the Law on the Status of Judges, he was informed by the Information and Security Service (ISS) that, in respect of this nominee, there is information with regard to indices or elements of risk factors, specified in art. 4 para. a) Law on verification of candidates for public office, certifying unsuitability under art. 6, art. 8 para. (1) and art. 15 of the Law on the Status of Judges".
In 2009, Anticorruption Prosecutor’s Office initiated a criminal case for passive corruption against Liliana Andrias, when the media made public a video, filmed with a hidden camera, demonstrating the judge take a bribe. The criminal case had no finality.
On 26 November 2012, Liliana Andrias issued a ruling, which validated 500 million dollars, although the request had been filed only five days earlier. The Moldavan citizen involved in the business was a resident of the town of Codru, Belekci Ivan, born in 1955.
Another ruling of this kind was issued by the magistrate Andrias on 1 July 2013, targeting the amount of 740 million dollars. In her income and property statement for 2013, Liliana Andrias declared that she did not receive a salary of more than two thousand lei per month. However, in the same year, the magistrate managed to buy an apartment with an area of 58.2 square meters, with the cadastral value exceeding 346 thousand lei.
Iurie Turcan began his career in the judiciary system on 20 January 1997 and was dismissed in early 2014.
Iurie Turcanu, who had worked for Rascani District Court of Chisinau for many years, jointly with other four employees, was accused by Anticorruption prosecutors of forgery of more than 40 civil cases in the period 2010-2014. The investigation established that the judge, in complicity with four court employees, repeatedly introduced fraudulent changes in the system of random distribution of cases. He is also accused of ruling unjust decisions, falsifying court materials, abuse of power, the judge erroneously examined several cases, including in the absence of the parties. If found guilty, Turcanu risks up to 10 years of imprisonment. Currently, the case is pending in court.
Iurie Turcan became known, when on 23 April 2009, he issued an inappropriate ruling with respect to an insurance action, this ruling allowed the notorious businessman Vadim Ciornea implement his fraudulent raider attack.
After the fall of Voronin’s regime, Iurie Turcan canceled his decision on 15 October 2009. This fact had allegedly infuriated Vadim Ciornea, who requested the support of the prosecutor Viorel Morari. The prosecutor threatened the magistrate in the presence of several witnesses. The meeting of the Superior Council of Magistracy of 16 December 2009 allowed the criminal prosecution against the judge Iurie Turcanu that was requested by the General Prosecutor. The materials, which were the basis of
prosecution, were part of another criminal case, investigated by the prosecutor Viorel Morari. Thus, in 2009, Iurie Turcan received a disciplinary punishment of the SCM for the act, committed by the magistrate in 2007-2008 that was subject of the criminal case.
In the Russian money laundering scheme Iurie Turcan validated the amount of about $700 million.
According to the latest income and property statement, filed by the magistrate Iurie Turcan, when he still was a judge, in addition to the salary, he received a longevity pay of nearly five thousand lei. The magistrate also reported that in 2013, his wife received a compensation of 186 thousand lei. Turcan wrote that he owns two apartments, bought in the autumn of 1995 and a garage, bought in 2007.
The magistrate Valeriu Gasca began his professional activity in 1990 and resigned on his own initiative on 4 December 2012.
The magistrate, who served for more than 20 years in Rascani District of Chisinau, is one of the judges involved in numerous scandals. Although he had little before the retirement, Gasca left the system early, when disciplinary proceedings were initiated against him for violation of both criminal proceedings and judicial ethics. The Disciplinary Board proposed the Superior Council of Magistracy to release the judge from office.
In late 2000, the name of Judge Gasca was involved a press conference, organized by Ion Diacov, who then held the position of Deputy Prosecutor of Chisinau. Conference organizers said they suspected Gasca of having taken bribes to release from custody people, accused of smuggling alcohol in large proportions. Consequently, Gasca sued BASA-press agency that was forced to pay him two thousand lei for defamation.
On 16 November 2011, the Disciplinary Board of the Superior Council of Magistracy reprimanded Judge Valeriu Gasca for having exceeded the deadline for examining a case. In his defense, the magistrate alleged a busy schedule.
According to the members of the Disciplinary Board, Gasca abandoned the case and took a holiday. Although he could have referred to other judges for examination.
Valeriu Gasca surpassed his colleagues, involved in "the Russian money laundering", as the magistrate issued five rulings in this scheme, amounting to 2.1 billion dollars.
Since June 2013, Valeriu Gasca is a lawyer with a license, obtained in accordance with a court decision, as the Commission for Licensing of Lawyers refused to release a license to the former magistrate, quoting the references, coming from the SCM.
Igor Vornicescu honorably left the system, where he served for nearly 17 years and found refuge in the profession of a lawyer. On 25 April 2012, the Disciplinary Council of the SCM initiated a disciplinary procedure with respect to Igor Vornicescu for absenteeism. Vornicescu presented medical certificates, issued by a medical institution in Bender, proving that in the mentioned period he had health problems. In such a way, the disciplinary proceeding in respect of Vornicescu was closed. Later, it was found that the medical certificates were false.
On July 12, 2015, the Disciplinary Council resumed the disciplinary proceedings in respect of Vornicescu, accusing him of violating judicial ethics. Although the disciplinary procedure was not completed on 21 August, the SCM accepted the resignation of the magistrate Vornicescu.
Judge Vornicescu was noted by the media in 2007, when he sentenced the dancer Vitalie Gritco to ten years of imprisonment for failure to timely return a debt of a thousand dollars. ECHR jurisprudence does not allow criminal prosecution for debts.
Following the events of April 2009, the magistrate Igor Vornicescu was included in the list of Judges of the Hell. Igor Vornicescu went to the police station of Rascani District on 10 April 2009 and applied custodial penalties in 38 cases out of 41. Thus, Andrei Vidrasco, Alexandru Golovco, Veacheslav Inculet, Veacesslav Nedelcu and many others received punishment in the form of administrative arrest for four days each, ignoring the fact that many of them had visible signs of ill-treatment and police officers had presented the judge just protocols of detention and their own reports.
Igor Vornicescu appears in the scheme of Russian money laundering for having validated the amount of 200 million dollars.
Mihai Moraru has been a judge in Ungheni since 2002 and was dismissed on 9 November 2015.
Mihai Moraru is involved in the money laundering scheme for issuing a ruling that allowed the legalization of 300 million lei.
According to his income statement, the former magistrate leads a modest life. In 2014, jointly with his wife, he earned an income of 154 559 lei from his main employment. He owns two plots of agricultural land of 0.29 ha each and 0.24 ha of gardens, in 2009, he entered into the possession of 1/2 a share of the land adjacent to the garage with total area of 71.8 square meters. It is estimated at 69 565 lei. He lives in a non-privatized apartment and drives a Volvo produced in 2004, which according to the evaluation report, costs 106,000 lei. He has two bank loans, the original amount borrowed is 80,000 lei.
Mrs. Aurica Us, born on 09 August 1948, began her career as a senior consultant to the Ministry of Justice, along the way being appointed lawyer at the Ministry of Food Industry, main arbitrator of the Industrial Union, arbitrator at the State Arbitration and judge at the Economic Court District in 1997. By the decision of the Superior Judicial Council, she was conferred the honorary title of Veteran of the Judiciary System. On 09 August 2013, Aurica Us retired at the age of 65.
On 29 January 2013, Aurica Us issued a decision, according to which Oleg Podereghin, a taxi driver from Durlesti, four Russian companies and an offshore British company owe 500 million dollars to another offshore company Westburn Enterprises Limited No SC.
According to the documents, annexed to the case, Podereghin was a resident of the town of Cricova, domiciled at the address, where the property of the journalist Vitalie Calugareanu is situated.
In 2009, the magistrate ordered Moldova-Gaz to pay 23 million lei as pecuniary damage to a company for the placement of pipelines on its territory. In 2010, Us was disciplined for this decision.
According to the income and property statement, at the moment of retirement Aurica Us owned a two-room apartment with an area of over 50 square meters, purchased in 1976, a holiday home with an area of 113 square meters, a plot of land of 1223 square meters, and an automobile, worth nine thousand euros, purchased in 2009.
Gheorghe Marchitan retired from the judiciary system in December 2011. According to an investigation of ZdG, as of September 2011, when Marchitan was still working in Causeni District Court, he had not drafted 11 sentences on criminal cases examined in 2010 and 12 sentences on criminal cases examined in the first half of 2011. Altogether, Marchitan did not draft or submit into the office two civil cases examined in 2009 and five civil cases examined in 2010. Judgments and decisions were not included in the dossiers, and the "results" of examinations were shown on the cover of the files.
In November, Marchitan was punished with severe reprimand. Despite these drawbacks, upon retirement, Marchitan received an allowance exceeding 100 thousand of lei.
Marchitan is involved in a raider attack on the Savings Bank of Moldova (BEM). He issued an order that legalized the transfer of 16.5% of the shares of the Savings Bank of Moldova to Rietel Limited, an offshore company registered in New Zealand.
A few months before retirement, on 18 March 2011, Gheorghe Marchitan sent $200 million from Russia to Britain.
Judge Georgy Gorun worked in Rascani District Court until March 2014, when the President issued a decree on his resignation.
The Superior Council of Magistracy decided, on 25 February 2014, to accept his resignation after Gorun alleged health problems. A few days before, the Disciplinary Board proposed the dismissal of Georgy Gorun, as the Minister of Justice had requested initiation of disciplinary proceedings for alleged involvement in the raider attacks on Moldova Agroindbank. In the summer of 2013, the lawyer of a Dutch company declared during a press conference that the company he represented had been illegally dispossessed of a stake amounting to 4.99% from Moldova Agroindbank, using an order, signed the magistrate Gorun. The magistrate then ordered collection of an alleged debt in the amount of 3.5 million euros from the CG Venture BV.
According to an investigation, carried out by RISE Moldova, the Russian Laundromat was put into operation on 22 October 2010, when the British company Valemont Properties Limited, as a lender, submitted an application to summon to the Rascani District Court the Moldovan citizen Andrei Abramov and two companies in Russia: LaitaM LLC, its director and sole shareholder was the Ukrainian citizen Oleg Nikolaevich Belonog and Spartak LLC, controlled by the Ukrainian citizen Vladislav Valerievich Hotsyanovsky and requested the collection of a debt of $ 180 million.
The dispute was examined by Georgy Gorun. The judge ruled in favor of the company Valemont Properties LTD, based only on copies of documents.
According to his income and property statement, leaving the system Gorun owned a plot of agricultural land of 2931 hectares, an apartment of 41 square meters, a garage of 77 square meters and two cars, worth 11 800 and 16 000 euros, registered into the names of his wife and son.
Like his other colleagues from the judiciary system, after the resignation Georgy Gorun became a lawyer.
The magistrate Victor Orindas obtained a judge mandate on 17 December 2003, being employed at the Economic Court of Chisinau, and after the liquidation of the institution, he was transferred to the Commercial Court of Chisinau. Orindas is the only judge who was punished for involvement in Russian money laundering. On 3 November 2015, the SCM voted for the dismissal of Orindas because he was incompatible with the office of judge.
That very day, Orindas came to the editorial of Epoch Times in Bucharest eager to speak to the press. The magistrate complained of pressure on behalf of the former Chairman of Centre District Court, Ion Turcan, and added that two ISS agents had asked him to rule out the closure of Public Associations Falun Gong.
The Supreme Court of Justice annulled the judgment of the Superior Council of Magistracy that stipulated that judge Victor Orandaa was incompatible with his position. Orandaa requested non-pecuniary damage in the amount of 50 thousand lei for unfounded stain on reputation, the Supreme Court, however, rejected the request.
In April 2015, Orindas requested his resignation through a social network. The magistrate reasoned that he was persecuted for having previously notified law enforcement agencies about the fact that Ion Turcan, former chairman of Centre District Court, exercised pressure and influenced him to take decisions favorable to him in many cases. On 31 May, 2016, the Superior Council of Magistracy rejected the resignation of Orindas.
Only Valeriu Gasca could surpass Victor Orindas by the number of rulings and the amount of money, laundered through the Russian money laundering scheme "Thus, the magistrate signed three ordinances that targeted a total of $ 1.48 billion, the first ordinance provided for the amount of 400 million dollars, was signed on 12 March 2012, on the same day when the application for summons was filed.
While Orindas served as the Vice President of the Economic Court of Chisinau, his name appeared in several scandals concerning his integrity.
Although he can afford treatment in the United States, as he told for the media last winter, if we believe his income and property statement, Victor Orindas is a poor man, who lives in a rented room of 16 square meters.
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