Romanian anti-corruption prosecutors have charged four people, including a former high-level Finance ministry official, in a tax evasion case that cost the state about euro44 million ($58 million).
Prosecutors say a Romanian tobacco company failed to pay taxes for the transfer of about 1,000 tons of tobacco to an Italian company.
Prosecutors alleged Monday two Finance ministry officials helped the company by issuing a document exempting it from paying tax. One of the officials is Gratiela Iordache, a state secretary at the Finance Ministry from 2007 to 2009. There was no comment from her on the charges.