Thursday, March 18, 2010

Romanian mayor sentenced to prison for corruption

BUCHAREST, Romania (AP) — A Romanian mayor has been sentenced to 2 1/2 years in prison for buying a property for city hall at a vastly inflated price.

Cristian Anghel, the mayor of Baia Mare, was sentenced Wednesday for misspending public money in the 2006 transaction. He is a member of the opposition Liberal Party.

Agerpres news agency reported that the Baia Mare court ruled Anghel had bought a building for €500,000 ($550,000) — more than three times its market value with public money. He is to start the sentence immediately.

Romania has seen a crackdown on mayoral corruption. One mayor was jailed for taking bribes and another mayor was arrested in a bribery and false documents case.

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