A consortium of companies, including a firm whose owner is linked to Győző Orbán Jr., a brother of Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor, won a major public tender of the National Tax and Customs Authority (NAV) despite submitting the highest bid, a Direkt36 investigation has found.
The consortium’s offer was close to 1 billion forints (3.2 million euros) in the tender initiated by NAV to buy 2500 printers. Five other bidders entered the tender and all of them offered lower prices. Still, their offers were eliminated by NAV, which argued that they did not meet the technical conditions outlined in the tender documentation.
Sources close to the eliminated companies told Direkt36 that the conditions were tailored to Xerox type of printers, and only the eventual winner had the contractual background to offer these models.
NAV declined to respond to Direkt36’s questions, saying that they do not comment on ongoing matters. The procedure is indeed not over yet. Even though NAV chose the winner, the other bidders have the right to challenge the decision.
The member of the winning consortium linked to Győző Orbán Jr. is called IMG Solution. As Direkt36 showed in a previous story, the firm’s manager and co-owner, Gábor Szentgyörgyi, has had a long personal relationship with the prime minister’s brother. This relationship is linked to wrestling.
Győző Orbán Jr. had been a wrestler in his teenage years and returned to the sport in his 30s, even winning the European Championship in his age group. He has also been a prominent leader of the Hungarian wrestling scene: records show that he is the honorary president of a sport club, of which Gábor Szentgyörgyi is also a member. Orbán and Szentgyörgyi even went on a trip organized by the club, news reports and photos show.
IMG Solution, a company selling IT and office products, produced spectacular growth in just a few years. In 2012, its revenues were only 46 million forints (150 thousand euros), but in 2015, it made 4.7 billion forints (15.2 million euros), meaning that it grew by 100 times. The company, which does not even have a functioning website, managed to accomplish this after a series of victories in lucrative state tenders.