Romanians charged with taking bribes for corpses

Save Story
Leer en español

Estimated read time: 1-2 minutes

This archived news story is available only for your personal, non-commercial use. Information in the story may be outdated or superseded by additional information. Reading or replaying the story in its archived form does not constitute a republication of the story.

BUCHAREST, Romania (AP) - Some 26 Romanian police officers and ambulance employees have been charged with calling undertakers to tell them that someone had died _ or in some cases were not yet dead _ in exchange for money.

Officials say the suspects called funeral parlor managers about people who had died in car accidents or had collapsed on the street.

Prosecutor Corina Paraschivescu told The Associated Press on Wednesday that 26 officials, 10 of them police officers, had been charged. Six of them were under arrest for about a month because they were considered "a social danger."

She said police and emergency officials would contact undertakers with the names and address of the deceased or gravely injured from the identity cards that Romanians always carry or send the telephone numbers of family members from victims' mobile phones. Undertakers would then contact the families to try to sell funeral services.

Local Romanian media reported that officials got up to 170 euros ($235) for information on a fresh corpse. Police earn between 600 euros and 2,100 euros a month.

Health Ministry official Raed Arafat said some of the cases involved people not officially declared dead.

"It is shocking for us," Paraschivescu said.

(Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

Most recent World stories

Related topics



    Get informative articles and interesting stories delivered to your inbox weekly. Subscribe to the Trending 5.
    By subscribing, you acknowledge and agree to's Terms of Use and Privacy Policy.

    KSL Weather Forecast