Chief Prosecutor orders more probes over Apartmentgate

Sotir Tsatsarov

Bulgaria’s Chief Prosecutor Sotir Tsatsarov ordered to the Supreme Prosecutor’s Office of Cassation (SPOC) to launch a probe after publications in the media concerning real property purchased by Plamen Georgiev, chairman of the Anti-Corruption and Illegal Assets Forfeiture Commission (ACCIAF), son of Borislav Sarafov, Director of the National Enforcement Investigation Agency (NEIA) and wife of Supreme Court of Cassation chairman Lozan Panov, the State Prosecutor’s Office reported.

According to case files related to Plamen Dimitrov (claims about the discrepant declaration of the circumstances under which he and his wife bought an apartment in Sofia as well as claims about lack of evidentiary support for the origin of funds for the purchase of this real property), the SPOC invokes on the National Revenue Agency-Sofia to conduct tax probe of private person Plamen Dimitrov and his spouse in order to define their liabilities under Income Taxes on Natural Persons Act with a view to discrepancies between their declared and/or the real incomes and property status in the period of 2013-2018; requests notarial act for the apartment purchased by Dimitrov and his spouse described in the media publications as well as a copy of the notarial deed on this deal; requests from the bank – mortgage creditor - the whole body of information concerning the sale/purchase deal’s crediting.

As regards the case of the son of NEIA Director Borislav Sarafov and the director himself (the claims that his son in 2018-2019 purchased expensive real property and did not declare the origin of the means for its purchase as well as the fact that NEIA director Borislav Sarafov did not declare any such sums in his tax return submitted to the Inspectorate to the Supreme Judicial Council), the Supreme Prosecutor’s Office of Cassation forwards the media publications to the competent body, ACCIAF; invokes on the National Revenue Agency- Sofia to conduct an audit of a private person (son of Borislav Sarafov) in order to define his liabilities under the Income Taxes on Natural Persons Act with a view to the discrepancies between the declared and/or real incomes of the person and his property status in the period of 2015-2018.

As regards the case materials concerning the purchase of real property by owner of the Limited Liability Company, wife of the chairman of the Supreme Court of Cassation (claims about violations concerning the purchase by Ganeva 2000 EOOD of an apartment in Sofia as well as according to the materials comprising claims of conflict of interest on the part of chairman of the Supreme Court of Cassation Lozan Panov (based on a report), The Supreme Prosecutor’s Office of Cassation forwards the media publications, along with the report, to the Inspectorate to the Supreme Judicial Council with the request to conduct an investigation of the conflict of interest. It also invokes on the National Revenue Agency to conduct tax audit in order to establish facts and circumstances related to the purchase of the real property by Ganeva 2000 EOOD as described in media publications. Within the framework of the tax audit it is ordered to establish the origin of funds for the purchase of the apartment, mode of its use, as well as compliance with the Tax Code in connection with this deal.

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