Romania PM tax evasion cost state coffers $12,795: prosecutors

August 19, 2015 11:49 AM

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BUCHAREST Aug 19 Romanian anti-corruption prosecutors said on Wednesday that Prime Minister Victor Ponta caused damages to the state budget worth 51,321 lei ($12,795) by being an accessory to tax evasion.

Prosecutors charged Ponta last month with forgery and serving as an accessory to tax evasion and money laundering, targeting his past activities as a lawyer. Ponta denies wrongdoing and has said the case is politically motivated.

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