The Direzione Investigativa Antimafia and the Special Operations Group (ROS) of the Carabinieri, coordinated by the Antimafia District Directorate of the Public Prosecutor’s Office in Florence, carried out in Milan, Catania, Bologna, Viareggio, Bergamo, Salerno and Pistoia an order, issued by the preliminary investigations judge (GIP) in Florence, aimed at confiscating the movable and immovable assets of 7 individuals and 4 companies, for a total value of over one million and one thousand euros.
The investigations, coordinated by the Antimafia District Directorate in Florence started in September 2017 and targeted a 59 year-old entrepreneur of Sicilian origin, living in Tuscany in the area of Viareggio. Through a series of strawmen or relatives, the entrepreneur had reportedly “managed” a hidden holding company, making alliances also with previous offenders for mafia-type crimes, located in the area of Catania.
The investigations were focused on 4 companies and 17 individuals within a criminal proceeding, which was pending during the preliminary investigations, for criminal association and fraudulent transfer of values, both with the aggravating circumstance of mafia support, money laundering and self-laundering, as well as fraudulent money transfers and bankruptcy.
The Public Prosecutor’s Office evaluated and took over the investigations carried out by the DIA Field Office and the ROS Carabinieri in Florence. The GIP in Florence authorized the request of the Public Prosecutor for the seizure of 5 real estate assets (82 in Viareggio, 2 in Catania and 1 in Massa Carrara, two luxury cars and one boat), which were suspected proceeds of a crime.
Florence, 20 September 2022
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