Romanian PM's aide indicted for being accomplice to embezzling EU funds, election fraud

Anti-corruption prosecutors have indicted an aide to Romania's prime minister on corruption charges including being an accomplice to embezzling European Union funds and cheating in the presidential election.

Prosecutors said Wednesday that lawmaker Sebastian Ghita was charged with influence peddling, tax evasion and money laundering worth millions of euros, being involved in the misuse of European Union funds and of cheating in the election. Prosecutors banned him from speaking to Prime Minister Victor Ponta, leaving his hometown or carrying out his duties as a lawmaker.

Ghita accused prosecutors of abuse.

Ponta, also under a corruption probe, is in Turkey recovering from a knee operation.

Prosecutors alleged Ghita paid 350,000 euros ($392,000) to Moldovans who have Romanian citizenship vote for Ponta in the November presidential race that he lost.