BUCHAREST, Romania – A Romanian court has sentenced a former minister and a former mayor to prison for money-laundering, influence-peddling and taking bribes
The top court of appeal Thursday handed former Telecommunications Minister Gabriel Sandu and businessman Dorin Cocos each a two-year prison sentence. Gheorghe Stefan, the former mayor of Piatra Neamt, received a three-year sentence.
The court ruled that 3.9 million euros ($4.4 million) should be confiscated each from Stefan and Cocos, and 2.19 million euros ($2.45 million) from Sandu. The ruling is not final; lawyers said their clients would appeal.
Anti-corruption prosecutors say under the terms of a 2004 government contract with Microsoft for computers licensed for schools, the three maneuvered to pocket a 47-percent discount offered by Microsoft. Some 15.7 million euros ($17.6 million) were paid to their companies.