BUCHAREST, Romania - An anti-corruption agency in Romania has requested a probe into the wealth of an opposition lawmaker.
The National Integrity Agency says Wednesday that it noted a difference of €300,000 ($427,000) between the wealth and the income of lawmaker Cristian Rizea in 2009-2010.
The agency monitors public officials' wealth. It says it also noticed suspicious bank transactions worth about €900,000 ($1.28 million).
Rizea on Wednesday rejected the allegations, saying the agency's move is politically motivated to discredit him because he criticized the government. He says he borrowed €300,000 three years ago and returned it a few months ago.
Rizea is being investigated by anti-corruption prosecutors in a separate case involving European Union funds