Businessman Cornel Pârvu and judge Ion-Tudoran: mafia-style practices, corruption and financial „carousel” schemes

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A friend of judge Ion-Tudoran even since the 90’s, when he obtained from him, outside of the law, the operation approval for the first pawn shop in Romania, businessman Cornel Pârvu, former busboy at Moldova Restaurant, has built the largest part of his fortune in the shadow of his brother, Florin Pârvu a.k.a. the Chinese Man, through the sentences and the influence peddling exercised in his favor by his magistrate-buddy. New information obtained from the former Pârvu clan business partners shows how judge Tudoran was criminally involved in the fraudulent privatization of the Aleea Castanilor shopping complex in Berceni area. It also shows that money, goods and bearer shares have been transferred between the two.

The illegal privatization by Mayor Luțu

In 1998, through the company Bijuteria SA (currently Euro Market Services SA), businessman Cornel Pârvu won the tender organized by the Sector 4 Mayor, Marin Luțu, for the privatization of the Aleea Castanilor Fair. In exchange for modernization works, Pârvu received then the right to manage the shopping complex and cash in the benefits for 25 years, paying to the Sector 4 City Hall a share of 12% of the receipts, but not less than 4,700 USD.

Noting that crimes have been committed, the prosecutors within the Prosecutor’s Office attached to Sector 4 City Hall have opened an investigation, finding that the tender won by Cornel Pârvu’s company was rigged. Since he did not want to miss out on the business opportunity, Cornel Pârvu contacted his friend, judge Corneliu Bogdan Ion-Tudoran, with the Bucharest Court of Appeal, the Criminal Section. It was not the first time when the magistrate was called to help the Pârvu family. According to the information provided by one of Cornel Pârvu’s former associates, judge Ion-Tudoran was more than happy to get involved in the legal settlement of the case. Obviously, by submitting financial claims. After the negotiations that took place in Drumul Taberei dropped from 1,000,000 USD to 200,000 USD, the judge became actively involved since the phase in which the prosecutors were carrying out the criminal investigation.

Harassed by Cornel Pârvu’s men, but also by judge Tudoran, prosecutor Marius Vasile did not give in and, in 2002, he sent Mayor Marin Luțu and a public servant to be tried for the offences of abuse of office, forgery in deeds, use of forgery. Obviously, on the civil side, the prosecutors have also asked at that time for the cancelation of the contract concerning the construction and management of the Aleea Castanilor Fair.

Criminal convictions for the organization of the tender

At the Sector 4 District Court, on the substance (Case File 6031/2002), the magistrates have also noted that the tender was not organized legally, that the Bijuteria S.A. company should have been disqualified, as it did not meet the requirements (it had financial losses), but they changed the legal classification of the deeds committed by the former Sector Mayor Marin Luțu and by the public servant to the less serious offence of dereliction of duty. Being extremely understanding, the case judge took note of the statements submitted to the Case File mentioning that the Head of the City Hall Budget-Finance Department was asked ” on behalf of the boss” to sign the contract, „since he is also subject to pressures (…) and that it involves important persons”, but he did not consider such statements to have criminal connotations. As a result, Luțu was sentenced to 6 years in jail and the public servant to 4 months in jail for dereliction of duty. But the two did not serve one day in prison, because, at that time, the deeds had already been pardoned. Even though the court on the substance determined clearly that the tender through which Cornel Pârvu’s company Bijuteria SA won the association contract regarding the Aleea Castanilor Fair was not legally organized (hence, the criminal punishments for dereliction of duty) – Pârvu got to keep the Aleea Castanilor Fair.

The Prosecutor’s Office attached to the Sector 4 District Court appealed this solution. At the Bucharest County Court (Case File 2879/2004), the panel of judges did not put in too much effort to judge and, through criminal decision 154/08.02.2005, they maintained as such the decision delivered on the substance. Of course, there was a second appeal submitted with the Bucharest Court of Appeal.

Judge Ion-Tudoran and his mistress, Geanina Arghir – lawyers for the criminal businessman

Extremely, so very extremely lucky, Cornel Pârvu arranged for himself the opportunity for the Case File of Bijuteria S.A. (1688/2005) to be allocated exactly to the panel that included his friend, judge Corneliu Bogdan Ion-Tudoran. In full control of the situation, especially since judge Cristina Geanina Arghir, his mistress, well known within his circle of friends, was his colleague in the same panel, Tudoran has kept his promise to Cornel Pârvu. So as not to be accused of having ruled on a case of his friend to whom he once sold a plot of land, Ion-Tudoran asked Pârvu to hide his name from among the shareholders of Bijuteria SA prior to the date when the sentence was delivered. As a result, on May 20th, 2005, Cornel Pârvu suddenly disposed through an assignment contract of 2,030,000 shares within Bijuteria S.A. to the German citizen Gherbali Iurii, a dentist. A fictitious transaction, of course.

The assignment of the Bijuteria shares between Cornel Pârvu and the German dentist Gherbali Iurii while the lawsuit being judged by Ion-Tudoran was in progress was not only fictitious, but utterly criminal. For the 2,030,000 shares representing 83.015% of Bijuteria SA, Cornel Pârvu asked from the dentist Gherbali the amount of 2.030 billion old lei. The equivalent value was not paid immediately, but only an advance payment of 100,000,000 old lei, and the remaining amount was to be paid within 10 months at most. The ridiculously low price of the transaction was obviously phony. The reason is that, as shown by a Decision of the Ordinary General Shareholders’ Meeting in March 2005, only the value of the dividends related to 2004 amounted to 12,579,910,013 old lei. In other words, for only 100,000.000 old lei (10,000 RON), Cornel Pârvu disposed of a business that generated 125 times more. Furthermore, also in March 2005, two months before the transaction with Gherbali, Cornel Pârvu, as a major shareholder, delegated Bijuteria SA’s Board of Directors to conclude legal relations of up to 4 million Euro. Which meant that the company had a good standing, especially since it managed the Aleea Castanilor Fair, and it also owned real estate assets worth thousands of times more than the price asked from Gherbali. Surprisingly, despite having obtained possession of a good business, dentist Gherbali never attended a GSM, but only acted through agent Maria Crivina, based on a questionable power of attorney, allegedly drawn up on May 13th, 2005 all the way in the United States of America, in New York, by the Romanian Notary Public Andreea Dumitru Parcalaboiu.

Considering that, under these circumstances, he could never be accused of having peddled his influence to issue a judge’s decision in favor of Cornel Pârvu, magistrate Ion-Tudoran started his work. Already having complete support from his colleague and mistress Cristina Geanina Arghir, Ion-Tudoran only had to convince Risantea Găgescu – the panel president. After the case was discussed during the meeting on June 27th, 2005, Tudoran postponed the delivery of his friend’s sentence by setting very tight, as tight as three days, hearings dates: June 27th, July 4th, July 11th, July 14th. Either the money was not yet paid, or the panel president had a different solution that ruined the plans of the Tudoran-Arghir pair.

Magistrate, Cornel’s servant

The wording of the criminal decision 1191 from July 14th, 2005 (drawn up urgently on July 21st) is in itself a personal homage by Corneliu Bogdan Ion-Tudoran to his close friend Cornel Pârvu. Keep in mind the judge was so devoted to the case that he drew up himself the nine pages-long decision. He also allowed himself to add motives that are clearly bias as motives for which Bijuteria SA’s contract to manage the Castanilor Market should not be cancelled.

„As a matter of fact, the established investments have been performed and, had these documents been cancelled, Sector 4 City Hall, as representative of Sector 4, would have been placed in a much harder situation than in the present, when this contract is in operation”, sobbed Tudoran worrying about Sector 4’s budget, preferring to keep in operation a contract concluded on an illegal basis, for which he, as well, has maintained the criminal conviction of the former Mayor Marin Luțu.

„The Court cannot agree with the request of the Prosecutor’s Office asking for the defendants to be forced, together with the Sector 4 City Hall, to the payment of compensation, because, in such a case, an even more difficult situation than the current one would be created, completely unfavorable to Sector 4 of Bucharest City, the value of the investments that have actually and in reality been performed and of the profit obtained which should be returned to the company, amounting to significant amounts and, as a result, it could cause such a significant disturbance in the proper functioning of this administrative-territorial unit’s activity.” These remarks should have been included as a response to the criticism in the second appeal of the civil party – S.C. BIJUTERIA S.A. – but also in the second appeal of the Prosecutor’s Office.

As a result, both the court of first instance and the court of appeal have delivered legal and grounded sentences which the Court shall maintain, by rejecting all the second appeal submitted in the case.

Even though neither the prosecutors, nor the court of first instance or the court of appeal had discussed the criminal categorization of Bijuteria company, Ion-Tudoran made sure that this would no longer be possible, inserting in the criminal decision he drew up himself paragraphs specifically intended to this effect: „We cannot note any fault of this company (i.e. SC Bijuteria SA – editor’s note) in the respective lawsuit and the subsequent meeting of such decision proves this company’s good faith. As a result, cancelling the tender and the joint venture contract would be a sanction applied to this company, without it having any guilt.” – Ion-Tudoran.

Ion-Tudoran should have absolutely abstained from, reject himself from the panel judging the Bijuteria case, as he was friends and business partner with the company’s beneficiary, Cornel Pârvu. On May 24th, 1999, Pârvu had purchased a plot of land located in Voluntari from the very Ion-Tudoran spouses. In addition, Tudoran family was attending parties together with the Ana and Cornel Pârvu family. The two spouses were disseminating commercial law, as, from a busboy at Moldova Restaurant, Cornel Pârvu became a lawyer and doctor in military sciences at the National College of Defense. This association had as purpose for Pârvu clan’s grey eminence, Corneluș – who called himself „the Little Chinese Man”, to open ways of dialogue with the elites of political parties and of public institutions.

Friendship with benefits

Satisfied that he got to keep the Aleea Castanilor Fair, Cornel Pârvu has tightened even more his relation with judge Corneliu Bogdan Ion-Tudoran. Benefitting of the illegal consulting provided by his magistrate friend, Pârvu became bold and asked the courts of law to issue several findings decisions certifying that his company is the owner of the building in Aleea Castanilor Fair and concessionaire of the public land. Rejected by the courts of first instance, these requests have been approved by none other than the Bucharest Court of Appeal, the place where judge Ion-Tudoran carries out his activity. Even though, by themselves, these are not documents certifying ownership, but only findings decisions, the current Euro Market Services S.A., which continues to belong to the anonymous Cornel Pârvu, is contracting huge loans amounting to millions of Euros from Libra Bank by mortgaging assets whose property and real estate registration should be cancelled in favor of the Romanian state.

Also to enjoy and benefit of Corneliu Bogdan Ion-Tudoran’s influence peddling, Cornel Pârvu has concluded contracts of thousands of Euros with the judge’s eldest son, the false Spanish lawyer Alexandru Ion-Tudoran.

At the judge’s suggestion, the businessman kept transferring his shares to the name of third parties, from dentist Gherbalii to his brother-in-law, Daniel Sevciuc, being then transformed into bearer shares and, more recently, as we will present in a future material, assigned through engineering schemes, in synchrony with his wife, Ana Pârvu, to a fiduciary attorney. This modus-operandi is also implemented within M.C.C. Holding Invest S.A. (Delfinului Market), where the fiscal consequences and tax evasion have reached alarming rates.

For reasons unknown to the public, after changing its name from SC Bijuteria SA into Euro Market Services SA, starting 2008, the company has operated with hidden shareholding. The nominative shares have been transformed into bearer shares, so that no one would know who is behind the business. What is intriguing is that, at the beginning of this year, in February 2021, forced by the European legislation forbidding bearer shares, Pârvu cancelled 589,839 bearer shares issued by Euro Market Services SA, saying that the „anonymous bearer of the shares” holding them did not come forward to transform them into nominal shares. Yet, the explanation of a former shareholder was that these shares have belonged to judge Corneliu Bogdan Ion-Tudoran. However, since he was and still is being investigated by the prosecutors, Cornel Pârvu preferred to cancel them since judge Corneliu Bogdan Ion-Tudoran could not exchange them into nominal shares, as he would have exposed himself criminally for the crime of hiding his fortune.

  1. As a matter of fact, from the confessions of the same source, Cornel Pârvu had allegedly made efforts to distance himself from the judge, or at least to publicly appear so, blaming all the friendship and traffic of interests exclusively on his brother, Florea Pîrvu. The photos and the other evidence sent to our editorial team contradict him blatantly. Because, as one can notice, Cornel Pârvu has enjoyed himself at many parties in the company of the Doina and Bogdan Ion-Tudoran couple.

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