Ex-Agriculture Fund CEO Fake Diploma Trial Starts in Bulgaria

Crime | June 4, 2012, Monday // 08:42|  views

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

The trail against Kalina Ilieva, the notorious former head of Bulgaria's Agriculture Fund, charged with forging her university diploma, is being launched at the Sofia District Court Monday.

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.

According to the indictment, between September 30 and November 28 2007, Ilieva produced a false document – a master's degree diploma dated October 4, 2007, with her name and personally forged the signatures of two German professors.

She is also charged with using and submitting with the Education Ministry on November 28th 2007, four fake documents as proof she has a college degree.

The case has 7 volumes of collected documents. The magistrates will hear the testimonies of 4 witnesses and 3 experts.

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 was arrested and later released on own recognizance on April 4.

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