Former head of Prahova County Council gets eight years in prison
Former president of Prahova County Council Mircea Cosma was sentenced yesterday to eight years in prison by the magistrates of the High Court of Cassation and Justice.
His son Vlad Cosma, who is a deputy in Romania’s Parliament, got a sentence of five years in prison. The decision is not final and can be appealed.
According to the anticorruption directorate (DNA), Mircea Cosma damaged the county’s public budget between 2010 and 2013 in favor of private interests. He carried out the criminal activities in collaboration with the representatives of the private companies he favored, including his son.
The Brasov Court of Appeal also asked yesterday for the temporary arrest of the former president of the Brasov City Council Aristotel Cancescu. He is charged for several deeds of bribery in connection to the 2012 election campaign.
Many county council presidents in Romania, also known as “local barons” have been investigated and even sentenced to jail for corruption in recent years.