George Copos

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George Copos
Born Gheorghe Copos[citation needed]
(1953-03-27) March 27, 1953 (age 65)
Tăşnad, Satu Mare, Romania
Residence Bucharest, Romania
Nationality Romanian
Education Pedagogy, Law school
Alma mater University of Oradea
Ștefan Gheorghiu Academy
Occupation businessman
Known for Owner of FC Rapid Bucharest
Spouse(s) Cristiana Copos
Children Alexandra Copos

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, as well as the football club Rapid Bucureşti.

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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