Saturday, 01. November 2014
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The controversial former mayor of Bucharest Viorel Lis says he is facing ruin after renting out a property that he owns in the Romanian capital to tenants who turned into an illegal brothel.
The mayor was the founder of the right wing nationalistic New Generation Party and is a constant figure in Romanian media despite now being 70-years-old. He married his wife Oana who at 35-years-old is half his age and together the couple were a regular fixture on the city's social scene, also appearing on television to reveal the gossip on celebrities they have met and associated with.
The pair were particularly famous for their fancy dress costumes in the past, including Shrek and Fiona, Morticia and Fester from the Adams Family, Spiderman and Wonderwoman, and Fred and Wilma Flinstone. But now they say they are facing ruin after the police raid on one of their properties.
Officers confirmed that after discovering the building was being used as an erotic message parlour and brothel they had initially targeted the mayor and his wife, but then dropped them from the investigation after saying it was clear they were unaware what the property was being used for.
The people renting the property, who had also made illegal modifications, have now vanished leaving the mayor and his wife to carry the can. And they say that, as well as the scandal, the loss of the revenue from no rent income and the money from repairing the building has driven them to the brink of ruin – and also made the 70-year-old Viorel sick with the stress and worry.
The electricity and gas in the property has also been cut off because the previous tenants also failed to pay that. The couple say that on his pension they do not have enough to put everything right to get new tenants in.
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