Germany Set to Arrest Disgraced Bulgarian Official with Fake Diploma - Report

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Bulgaria: Germany Set to Arrest Disgraced Bulgarian Official with Fake Diploma - Report Kalina Ilieva never completed her studies at the Berlin University for Engineering and Economics, from which she claimed to have graduated. Photo by BGNES

Berlin prosecutors are about to issue a European arrest warrant against the former head of a Bulgarian agency overseeing hundreds of millions of euros in EU farm aid, who got the job using a faked German university diploma, reports say.

The prosecutor's office in Germany is acting on unofficial information that Kalina Ilieva, who was fired in October as head of the State Agriculture Fund, may go into hiding abroad, 168 Hours weekly reported, citing high-ranking unnamed sources.

The European Arrest Warrant (EAW) requires the receiving member state to arrest and transfer a criminal suspect or sentenced person to the issuing state that so that the person can be put on trial or complete a detention period.

Extradition must take place within 90 days of arrest or within 10 days if the arrested person consents to surrender.

In 2009, Ilieva became head of the state agency handling payments from the European Union, of which Bulgaria became a member. She was 28 at the time.

Her job was to implement stricter oversight over EU-funded projects, after several corruption affairs saw Brussels sever aid to Bulgaria. The EU unblocked all aid in November 2009.

Ilieva now faces charges in both Bulgaria and Germany after it turned out that the diploma she produced before being hired, claiming to have graduated from the Berlin University for Engineering and Economics, was faked.

The scandal erupted at the end of last month, when it also emerged that she has flooded the EU anti-fraud agency with hundreds of fraud signals.

Officials have warned that the European Commission may press Bulgaria into paying back more than BGN 200 M as many of the blacklisted companies have won their cases against Ilieva in court.

Reports also say Bulgaria's Agriculture Minister Miroslav Naydenov's phone conversations have been tapped for more than six months as a result of a signal from the discredited former head of the Agriculture Fund.

Previously, she lied she had a tumor and was very ill in an attempt to conceal her pregnancy, which led to her removal from the post in October.

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#4
Philippe - 6 Dec 2010 // 03:09:28

Highlander, as always, you may have a point here!

#3
Nellieherself - 6 Dec 2010 // 01:55:44

Who are her handlers? She is not smart enough to engineer this deception on her own. Someone is manipulating her and playing her.

#2
Highlander - 5 Dec 2010 // 22:18:03

The prosecutor's office in Germany is acting on unofficial information that Kalina Ilieva, who was fired in October as head of the State Agriculture Fund, may go into hiding abroad, 168 Hours weekly reported, citing high-ranking unnamed sources.

The Bulgarian "high-ranking unnamed sources" - read the Ministry for Agriculture and The Interior Ministry, have started a deliberate smear and hate campaign to draw attention away from Ilieva's revealed and documented cases of continuous fraud with EU funds.
The Bulgarian State is responsible for the siphoned EU funds and would have to pay back violated funds, and the corrupt officials and cabinet ministers are certainly not happy with that. No one, despite rock solid evidence and documentation, remain in prison in Bulgaria after stealing hundreds of millions euro from European taxpayers.

The rumors about the "probable" arrest order by German authorities are based on unnamed Bulgarian sources and unofficial information, and not confirmed in Germany.
She might be fined for faking her education documents and diploma in Germany, but she can not be prosecuted in Bulgaria if her employer, the Bulgarian State, was aware of her forged papers but put her in charge of administrating the funds. Do not forget
the Bulgarian State has admitted she passed all checks without remarks. It is standard routine in all EU countries to check references on high ranked officials, and who believes
in the absurd, nonsense excuses from her Bulgarian employers?

It makes sense, especially in Bulgaria, that she was hired for the job in return for favors as to give priority to certain projects and ongoing fraud with the funds. At some stage she disobeyed order and started to give OLAF substantial evidence of SAPARD violations. She knew perfectly well she would be held responsible for violations regardless her forged diploma. Ilieva has done what most people would do in a "impossible" hostage situation - fight back and try to escape no matter consequences.

She has obviously forged her diploma, but Bulgarian media should give her a chance to tell her side of the story. But the Interior and Agriculture Ministries will not allow her to reveal any details and we all see Minister Tsvetanov's footprint in the campaign. She is accused and found guilty long before any trial/charge and chance to defend herself.

It is a sad story, but it clarifies the (non existing) rule of law in Bulgaria and the increasing problem with corruption in Bulgaria. Michelle Bonev's mother made a statement the other day about Michelle's many rich friends and huge amount of money, followed by the typical Bulgarian denial of facts - she had no idea where the money was coming from!
We are going to hear a lot of lies, accusations and denials in this case as well in the future.

#1
ramiro - 5 Dec 2010 // 21:04:44

Whore !!! I hope you rot in jail !!!

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