German Probe: Ex Bulgarian SAPARD CEO Never Studied in Berlin

Society | February 28, 2012, Tuesday // 10:26|  views

Kalina Ilieva never attended classes at the Berlin University for Engineering and Economics, from which she claimed to have graduated. Photo by BGNES

Kalina Ilieva, former CEO of the Bulgarian Agriculture Fund, never took any classes and never went to any lectures at the University for Engineering and Economics in Berlin.

The result of the probe of the German prosecutor was just received in Bulgaria, the largest private TV channel bTV reported.

The probe was executed on the request of the Bulgarian prosecutor's office which is investigating Ilieva's forged university diploma.

According to German authorities, the ex CEO of the Fund, dealing with payments from the EU SAPARD program in Bulgaria, was listed as a student at the Berlin school, but never attended even a single class.

Klaina Ilieva was dismissed from the post at the beginning of October 2010, after it became clear she tried to conceal her pregnancy from her superiors. Prime Minister, Boyko Borisov, said at the time she lied to him she had a tumor in order to explain her gaining weight while Agriculture Minister, Miroslav Naydenov, announced she told him she was going to Germany to undergo surgery, only to learn days later she had given birth.

In the aftermath, it was also revealed that Ilieva's university diploma from Germany was forged and the German prosecutor began a probe against her. The German investigation was halted after it became clear the diploma had not been forged on German territory. Ilieva, however, faces a law suit in Bulgaria on forgery charges.

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