A former Romanian MEP has been charged with corruption after he allegedly filed around €50,000 in fake travel reimbursement requests to the European Parliament.
Romania’s National Anticorruption Directorate (DNA) said in a press release that between March 2010 and March 2012, when Petru Luhan was a member of the European Parliament, he allegedly submitted 37 false requests for reimbursement of travel expenses.
Luhan attached false documents to the requests, including tax invoices, receipts and fuel vouchers. He is alleged to have overcharged for the cost of airline tickets and claimed to have travelled by car between his place of residence and Strasbourg or Brussels, when he had actually travelled by plane.
The case has been sent to the Bucharest Court.
Luhan, 42, was elected as an MEP in 2009 on the Democrat-Liberal Party, PDL’s list. He was a member of the Regional Development Committee and vice-president of European People’s Party Young Members in the European Parliament.
He became a member of the opposition National Liberal Party when it absorbed the PDL in November 2014.