During the communist period, he worked for the Securitate. He was the chief of bodyguards of President Nicolae Ceauşescu, and served once as his stand-in (double), but was not able to protect Ceauşescu from arrest and execution during the Romanian Revolution of 1989. Ten years after the revolution, he published his understanding of the revolutionary events and his beliefs about Ceauşescu.
After publishing details about the coup, he received several death threats. He declared himself proud of having served Ceauşescu, and he considers Ceauşescu to have been one of the most intelligent and greatest leaders in history.
- Dumitru Burlan, "Ceauşescu's double confesses" (rom. "Sosia lui Ceauşescu se destăinuie") Ed. Ergorom, 2003
- A series of 3 articles in the Romanian newspaper Adevărul, 2003,  (see archives) titled "I was Ceauşescu's double", (rom. "Eu am fost sosia lui Nicolae Ceauşescu").
- Viorel Patrichi, "I was Nicolae Ceauşescu's double" (Eu am fost sosia lui Nicolae Ceauşescu), Lumea, Nr 12, 2001
- Marian Oprea, "15 years later -- the Securitate conspiracy" (rom. Au trecut 15 ani—Conspiraţia Securităţii), Lumea, Nr 10, 2004
- Victor Stănculescu, "Nu vă fie milă, au 2 miliarde de lei în cont" ("Do not have pity, they hold 2 billion lei [~65 million dollars at the exchange rate of november 22 2004] in their account[s]"), in Jurnalul Naţional, Nov 22, 2004