Microsoft licensing corruption scandal

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The Microsoft licensing corruption scandal is an ongoing political scandal and criminal investigation in Romania, involving large bribes paid to Romanian government members in exchange for approving increases in license fees for Microsoft products.

Nine government ministers have been charged by the National Anticorruption Directorate,[1] belonging to the Năstase, Tăriceanu and Boc Cabinets. The bribes were estimated at more than $50 million.[2]

Apart from Microsoft, this scandal involved several major multinational corporations, including Fujitsu-Siemens, IBM, Compaq, Hewlett-Packard, S&T and local software companies like SIVECO and Softwin.[3]

Persons involved in scandal

According to Gheorghe Ștefan (a.k.a. "Pinalti"), more than 100 persons are involved in the corruption scandal,[4] among them nine former ministers[5] and prominent businessmen.

Sentences

On 24 March 2016, Dorin Cocoș was sentenced to 2 years imprisonment for influence peddling and money laundering, and to an asset forfeiture of €3 million. Gabriel Sandu was sentenced to 2 years imprisonment for bribery and money laundering, and to an asset forfeiture of over €2 million. Gheorghe Ștefan was sentenced to 3 years imprisonment for influence peddling and to an asset forfeiture of €3 million. Dumitru Nicolae was convicted to 1 and a half years suspended sentence, €1 million forfeiture and 90 days community service.[6][7] The sentences are not final and can be appealed.

On 3 October 2016, Dorin Cocoș was sentenced to 2 years 4 months imprisonment for influence peddling and money laundering, and to an asset forfeiture of €9 million. Gabriel Sandu was sentenced to 3 years imprisonment for bribery and money laundering, and to an asset forfeiture of over €2 million. Gheorghe Ștefan was sentenced to 6 years imprisonment for influence peddling and to an asset forfeiture of over €3 million. Nicolae Dumitru was convicted to 2 years 4 months imprisonment, $2,050,000 and €1 million forfeiture.[8] These sentences are final.

See also

References

  1. ^ National Anticorruption Directorate, Comunicat Nr. 1342/VIII/3, 26 September 2014
  2. ^ Cine este Claudiu Florică, personajul cheie din DOSARUL FRAUDELOR din IT", September 30, 2014
  3. ^ "Autodenunt in dosarul Microsoft: Cum le-am dat eu spaga guvernantilor si marilor corporatii IT mai bine de 13 ani", Hotnews, October 2, 2014
  4. ^ Z., M. (28 January 2015). "DEZVĂLUIRI din Dosarul Microsoft. Pinalti: Peste 100 de persoane implicate, printre ei şi MINIŞTRI. Voi da toate sumele şi numele". Antena 3 (in Romanian). 
  5. ^ Ispas, Livia (26 September 2014). "DNA cere URMĂRIREA PENALĂ a nouă foşti miniştri, în cazul licenţelor Microsoft. Persoane din Guvern şi ministere au pretins comisioane de 20 milioane de dolari. REACŢII ale foştilor miniştri". Mediafax.ro (in Romanian). 
  6. ^ "DOSARUL MICROSOFT: Dorin Cocoş şi fostul ministru Gabriel Sandu, câte doi ani de închisoare. Gheorghe Ştefan a primit trei ani". Mediafax (in Romanian). 24 March 2016. Retrieved 24 March 2016. 
  7. ^ "Sentință în dosarul Microsoft. Pedepse cu executare și confiscarea a 10 milioane de euro". Digi24 (in Romanian). 24 March 2016. Retrieved 24 March 2016. 
  8. ^ "Condamnări definitive în Dosarul "Microsoft". Dumitru Nicolae (Niro) şi Dorin Cocoş, condamnaţi la câte 2 ani şi 4 luni închisoare, Gabriel Sandu - 3 ani, Gheorghe Ştefan - 6 ani. Gheorghe Ştefan: "Mă consider vinovat"". Mediafax (in Romanian). 3 October 2016. Retrieved 4 October 2016. 
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