Romania: media owner questioned over massive tax evasion

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Prosecutors in Romania say they have questioned a media owner on suspicion of tax evasion worth 8 million ($9 million).

Prosecutors took Cristian Burci, owner of Prima TV and the daily Adevarul, for questioning Wednesday after searches at his house, the newspaper offices and two other places.

The prosecutors allege that Burci and nine others set up a criminal group, and starting in 2006 embezzled funds from railway car company Romvag Caracal. A statement said the group also made fictitious transactions causing further damages of 5.7 million euros to the state budget. Burci did not comment on the probe.

Burci owned several railway car factories, which secured contracts with the state-owned railway freight carrier before being declared insolvent in 2010.

Adevarul said the investigation wasn't connected to the newspaper.