An accused of the travel agency scandal sentenced after 5 years of trial

A local court on Friday sentenced Mária Dobrai, the former director of the failing travel agency Kun-Mediátor, which operated illegally as a shadow investment bank, to ten years in prison for embezzlement and fraud.

In its non-binding decision, the Szolnok court also fined Dobrai – identified only as Ms Sándor D. for legal reasons – for 5.4 million forints (€ 14,940) and banned him from taking managerial positions in business. She may be released after serving two-thirds of her sentence.

The court said Kun-Mediátor defrauded clients of around 10 billion forints (27.8 million euros) by promising them high interest on their deposits.

He also ordered the confiscation of the assets of the company, Dobrai and two of his relatives.

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The defendant was also ordered to pay a sum 129.3 million forints (360,000 €) to five of the company’s clients as compensation.

Police opened an investigation in April 2015 after a rush on the travel agency. Dobrai was arrested on an island in Belize in late 2016 on suspicion of large-scale embezzlement.

The company has been in liquidation since 2016. After the trials, Dobrai’s lawyer appealed against the conviction.

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Source: MTI

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