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ABS-CNN.com, June 2017: Ilan Shor, moldovan businessman sentenced for role in $1 billion bank fraud. August 2018, Moldovan people are still waiting for Shor to start serving time in prison

CHISINAU – A Moldovan court sentenced businessman Ilan Shor to seven and a half years in prison on Wednesday for his role in a $1 billion banking scandal that nearly bankrupted the tiny former Soviet republic two years ago.

Known locally as the „theft of the century”, the scheme saw the equivalent of an eighth of Moldova’s gross domestic product disappear from three of its largest banks, including Banca de Economii, between 2012-2014.

An investigation into the banking fraud has identified around 40 people who either benefited from the scheme or facilitated it, but most of them have yet to be publicly named.

Shor, who was a senior executive at Banca de Economii at the time, was found guilty of causing financial damage of 5.2 billion lei ($1.26 billion) linked to the scandal. He denies any wrongdoing.

„Shor has never accepted and will not accept the ruling of the court – he gave a full confession,” Shor’s lawyer Denis Ulanov said after the sentencing.”He named everyone who stole money from the bank, he named everyone who received money in the form of loans from the banks,” Ulanov said, adding that his client would appeal against the verdict.

Another businessman and a former prime minister of Moldova have also been jailed in connection with the scam, in which money was siphoned overseas through dodgy loans, asset swaps and shareholder deals. The scandal triggered street protests and the International Monetary Fund and the European Union froze aid. Moldova’s leu currency plunged to record lows and inflation climbed into double digits.

more at : news.abs-cbn.com, Jun 2017

Jurnal.md : „Boyars of impoverished Moldova”: Shor spent 150.000 dollars for a luxury holiday in the Maldives

Out of the billion stolen from the Moldovan banking system, 150,000 dollars went to the Maldives. Ilan Shor sent this sum to a beautiful island in the Indian Ocean where he flew after the theft was completed. Probably tired of work he has done, he went on a vacation with his family and friends. Among them – the wife of a former dignitary from Vladimir Putin’s team.

In November 2014, a few days before the „theft of the billion” operation was completed, one of Ilan Shor’s companies involved in the robbery scheme made two 150-thousand-dollar transfers to the accounts of an impetuous resort station on an island in the Maldives archipelago. In less than two months, at the beginning of 2015, the bankrupt banker’s family was flying for a dream holiday. Photos of that trip were posted on social networks by the wife of the convicted in the bank fraud case, Sara Shor, the Russian singer named on scenes as Jasmin.

The resort where the family was staying is considered one of the most expensive in the world and offers the most spectacular villas. Huge pools, outdoor areas, direct access to the private beach – a total isolation in a paradise. „Imagine the white sandy beaches and the turquoise waters, stretching as far as you can see – and that’s just the beginning!” – so the resort chosen by Shor is luring the rich clients. Far from the realities of Moldova. For example, one of the exclusive services that can be enjoyed today by the guests of this resort is the underwater trip with a three-seat submarine.

From the photos posted by Shor’s wife on the internet, it appears that the family opted in January 2015 for this variant of accommodation in the luxurious resort. A two-bedroom villa on the oceanfront with a large swimming pool and private beach exit.

(foto : arhiva, Jasmin şi Ilan Shor pe o plajă din Maldive, instagram.com/jasminshor)