Specialised Prosecution Office Charges Three Sofia Lawyers with Criminal Money Laundering
The Specialised Prosecution Office has charged three lawyers and an office employee with participating in an organized criminal group involved in money laundering.
The prosecutors said that the evidence collected to date shows the group has been operating since 2014. The participants used firms controlled by them and registered under 'front men' in Bulgaria or such in offshore zones with open accounts in Bulgarian banks.
People with power of attorney from these companies withdrew or ordered transfers to certain accounts of money acquired by criminal means.
On Tuesday, the Specialised Criminal Court left the head of the group behind bars, while the others were released under bail of 150,000 each. The office employee was released under bail of 50,000 leva.
Mediapool.bg reports that the alleged group leader is one of the lawyers of fugitive banker Tsvetan Vassilev, Lazar Karadaliev.