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    Romanian Prime Minister Victor Ponta has been charged with three separate counts of graft, the country’s anti-corruption agency said Monday.

    MOSCOW (Sputnik) — The charges date back to the period when Ponta was a lawyer prior to assuming office as prime minister in 2012.

    "Prosecutors from the National Anticorruption Directorate (DNA), namely the department responsible for combating crimes related to corruption, launched criminal proceedings against Victor Ponta…. who is currently Prime Minister of Romania, for the following offenses: fraud related to private documents, tax evasion and money laundering," the DNA said in a statement.

    The investigation that led to Ponta's arrest was launched some eight years ago, according to the statement.

    Some of Ponta's property has been seized, according to the statement.

    Ponta was informed of the charges against him, however, he denied any wrongdoing, the agency said.

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