Vladimir Plahotniuc used a New Zealand company to transfer to the family, but also to put offshore about 180 million dollars after the “theft of the century” in Moldova, reports 1 NEWS and other New Zealand sources, IPN reports.
Information about the former Moldovan deputy and oligarch came to light from the Pandora Papers, which show that Plahotniuc appeared in New Zealand in 2011, creating the Asiaciti company, connected to the Otiv Trust company from outside New Zealand. Other documents prove that his wife, Oxana Childescu, requested that tens of millions of dollars be sent to him from New Zealand to Switzerland, requests that were honored over several years.
On the other hand, reports the source, also from 2011 dates a financial audit report warning that there are many serious allegations against Plahotniuc, including “corruption, manipulation of the judiciary, money laundering, involvement in arms trafficking and attacks on the Moldovan financial sector “, report the New Zealand journalists. It is not clear whether in 2020 the US State Department officially designated Plahotniuc as “involved in significant corruption”, which means that he and his family are not eligible to enter the United States.
In connection with the revelations in the Pandora Papers, journalists from 1 NEWS requested an interview from Asiaciti New Zealand, but only got a long, written response stating that the latest information “is based on inaccuracies and incomplete information.”