Bulgaria's Ex-Agriculture Fund CEO Fake Diploma Trial Starts Jun 4

Crime | May 19, 2012, Saturday // 14:27|  views

Kalina Ilieva faces up to eight years in prison over the fake master's degree diploma scandal. Photo by Sofia Photo Agency

The trail against Kalina Ilieva, the notorious former head of Bulgaria's Agriculture Fund, charged with forging her university diploma, will be launched at the Sofia District Court on June 4.

Ilieva faces up to eight years in prison over the fake master's degree diploma scandal.

The young woman is also charged with forging four other documents claiming she had graduated from the University of Engineering and Economics in Berlin.

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, it was recently confirmed.

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.

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