One of the fishiest business of Ioan Niculea targeted the "Romanian Tobacco" National Company. The owner of INTERAGRO managed to grab this state-owned company with no financial effort at all. This controversial privatization was achieved with help from the Ministry of Agriculture at the time when Ioan Muresan was heading it.
The Court of Accounts decided that the sale of the "Romanian Tobacco" to Niculae's company was illegal and courts reached verdict that the privatization was null. Still the magnate made use of various tricks to seize 51% of the company. (...)