George Copos

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George Copos
Born
Gheorghe Copos[citation needed]

(1953-03-27) March 27, 1953 (age 66)
ResidenceBucharest, Romania
NationalityRomanian
EducationPedagogy, Law school
Alma materUniversity of Oradea
Ștefan Gheorghiu Academy
Occupationbusinessman
Known forOwner of FC Rapid Bucharest
Spouse(s)Cristiana Copos
ChildrenAlexandra Copos
Websitehttp://www.copos.ro

Gheorghe (George) Copos (Romanian pronunciation: [ˈd͡ʒe̯ord͡ʒe ˈkopos]; born 27 March 1953, in Tăşnad, Satu Mare County) is a Romanian businessman and politician.

A graduate of the communist cadres' training school Ștefan Gheorghiu Academy, he was in his youth a leader of the Union of Communist Youth.[1][2]

He is the owner of a chain of confectionery shops, a chain of electronics shops, several hotels. He owned the football club Rapid Bucureşti between 1992 and 2013.

Copos was a member of the Conservative Party and between December 2004 and January 2006, he was a vice-prime-minister and State Minister in charge with coordination of the activities in the field of business environment and small and medium-sized enterprises in the Tăriceanu government.

On January 21, 2006, he resigned from the Conservative Party amid a corruption scandal. He maintained, however, his function as vice prime-minister and State Minister in the government. He also resigned from the government in June 2006, maintaining his function as a senator.

Football transfer conviction[edit]

On March 4, 2014, a Romanian appeals court sentenced him to 3 years and 8 months in prison for fraud, tax evasion and money laundering in connection with Rapid Bucharest football player transfers; he was also ordered to repay the equivalent of USD 690,000 to the football club and the Romanian state.[3][4]

"The Lottery" conviction[edit]

On the 26th of March 2014, a Romanian court sentenced him to 4 years in prison for fraud, in a case regarding the sale of several commercial venues to the Romanian State Lottery. [5]

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References[edit]

  1. ^ "Povestea neştiută a lui George Copos, aşa cum reiese din dosarul său de cadre" (in Romanian). Romania libera. Retrieved March 5, 2014.
  2. ^ "UASCR+UTC = DE CE?!" (in Romanian). Cotidianul. Retrieved March 5, 2014.
  3. ^ "SENTINŢĂ ÎN DOSARUL TRANSFERURILOR. Copos - 3 ani şi 8 luni de închisoare cu executare/MM Stoica - 3 ani şi 6 luni, Borcea - 6 ani şi 4 luni, Ioan Becali 6 ani şi 4 luni" "ULTIMA ORĂ. SENTINŢĂ ÎN DOSARUL TRANSFERURILOR. Copos - 3 ani şi 8 luni de închisoare cu executare/MM Stoica - 3 ani şi 6 luni, Borcea - 6 ani şi 4 luni, Ioan Becali 6 ani şi 4 luni" Check |url= value (help) (in Romanian). Gândul. Retrieved March 5, 2014.
  4. ^ "Fraţii Becali, Copos, MM Stoica, Borcea, Popescu, Neţoiu şi Pădureanu, CONDAMNAŢI la ÎNCHISOARE CU EXECUTARE" (in Romanian). Retrieved March 5, 2014.
  5. ^ (in Romanian). Gândul http://www.evz.ro/george-copos-asteapta-in-inchisoare-sentinta-in-dosarul-loteria-i.html. Retrieved March 5, 2014. Missing or empty |title= (help)

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