Ex Sofia Heating Utility Boss Acquitted of BGN 6 M EmbezzlementCrime | June 15, 2012, Friday // 12:03| views
Valentin Dimitrov, former CEO of heating utility Toplofikatsiya-Sofia, has been acquitted of large-scale embezzlement by the court of second instance. Photo by BGNES
The Sofia Appellate Court (SAC) has acquitted Valentin Dimitrov, aka Valyo Toploto (The Warm), of large-scale embezzlement from heating utility Toplofikatsiya-Sofia
Friday's ruling revoked the verdict of the Sofia City Court, which sentenced the former CEO of the heating utility to 14 years of imprisonment in June 2009.
The court of second instance cleared Dimitrov of embezzlement charges to the tune of almost BGN 6 M.
The SAC judge panel also revoked the confiscation of all of Dimitrov's entire property and restored his right to hold managerial posts.
The embezzlement trial also involved Maya Stoilova, Lina Ablanska, Georgi Rogachev and Emil Antonov as defendants.
Rogachev and Antonov were acquitted by the Sofia City Court, while the two women were cleared of charges of abetting embezzlement by the SAC.
Ablanska's sentence of twelve years of imprisonment plus the confiscation of half of her property was revoked and her right to occupy managerial posts was restored.
Stoilova, whose sentence of 10 years of imprisonment issued by the Sofia City Court was also revoked, will also be eligible for managerial appointments.
The proceedings at the SAC lasted over two years.
The verdict is not final and can be appealed before the Supreme Court of Cassation (VKS).
In end-2010, the Sofia City Court sentenced Dimitrov to three years of imprisonment for malfeasance in office.
The prosecuting authority demanded a penalty of ten years of imprisonment for the reckless spending of over BGN 2 M on promotional leaflets and business entertainment expenses in the period 2003 – 2006.
He also faced charges of signing a contract with a private company tasked with collecting the heating utility's receivables, but he was eventually declared not guilty.
In end-2011, the Sofia City Court revoked a sentence of five years of imprisonment handed to Dimtrov by the Sofia Regional Court in 2008 for violations of the Currency Act.
In 2008, the Sofia Regional Court declared Dimitrov guilty of failing to declare deals worth over BGN 10 M before the Bulgarian National Bank (BNB) as a manager of the Pro Mark EOOD company.
The Sofia Regional Court acquitted Dimitrov on all other counts pressed by the prosecution involving breaches of the Currency Act.
On December 22, 2011, the SCC revoked the decision of the first-instance court in its entirety and returned the case to the Sofia Regional Prosecutor's Office.
The judge panel noted that the indictment against Dimitrov had flaws that had to be removed but it also found irregularities in the work of the court of first instance.
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