Posts tagged ‘european’

14 March 2011

Romanian Women, Among FBI’s Most Wanted Cyber-Criminals

About half a dozen Romanians and Moldovans are among the FBI’s most wanted list of internet fraudsters. Cătălina Corţac, Dorin Codreanu, Lilian Adam are just some of the names with an Eastern European ring to it that are now displayed on the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s website. They are charged with Money Laundering, Bank Fraud, Passport Fraud, and Identity Theft. All the above crimes were committed, according to the FBI, in the Southern District of New York, which is also where the arrest warrant on their names was issued.

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6 January 2011

European MPs From Romania, Champions of Foul Language

Corneliu Vadim Tudor and George Becali, Romanian MPs in the European Parliament, recently caught the attention of the local media, after having used words hard to reproduce or to translate, addressed to state officials or to media representatives. The first to break the Christmas magic with foul language was Vadim Tudor, who, on Tuesday, insulted a woman court bailiff and several police officers who were carrying out a court sentence to evict Vadim’s party from a repossessed building. Among the words used by Vadim Tudor, “bitch” was one of the few that are printable. He also threw a glass of water in the bailiff’s face and used swear words to the police enforcers who were present on the scene.

Asked to comment on Vadim’s behaviour, another European MP from Romania threw an entire range of foul words at the journalist interviewing him. “You are an impostor, not a journalist, you newspaper is a bum (“vagabond”, sic!), you suck my (…)” was only part of Becali’s response to the media inquiry.

Becali and Vadim Tudor have been elected in the European Parliament in 2008, the former being helped in his campaign by the latter. This is not their first use of slander words in public. Vadim is the publisher of “România Mare”, a newspaper specialized in virulent attacks on just about anybody. Becali, owner of “Steaua”, a very popular football club in Romania, has made his fortune from sheep and from real estate businesses. Also known as Gigi Becali, he often uses bad words while being addressed by journalists.

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10 October 2010

250 Million EU Money Spent on Papers in Romania

Although in dire need of motorways and strongly financed by the EU to build them, Romania has managed to spend 250 million Euros provided by the Union on fesability studies. According to Antena 3, a quarter of a billion Euros would have built some good dozens of kilometres of modern motorway in a country that has less than 300. But the National Company for Motorways decided to pay the money to several “consultancy” companies, that claimed the millions in return for – most of the times – useless studies.

An example is the Sibiu – Piteşti motorway, whose fesability study was completed in 2007 and cost 2.5 million Euros. To this day, that motorway remains only a project on paper, and the papers already expired in 2009. In 2008, another 2.3 million were paid for the study of the Ploieşti – Buzău – Focşani motorway – and, of course, the motoway only exists on paper and in every driver’s dream.

The studies are only valid for two years, after which they need to be revised, for another consistent sum of money. The National Motorway Company has spent, in 2008, a total of 9 million Euros for the expired studies to be revised. That money alone could have built 9 kilometres of brand new national road.

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