The Direzione Investigativa Antimafia carried out an asset-related seizure order issued by the Court in Caltanissetta – Section Preventive Measures against a well-known, 45-years –old entrepreneur from Gela, who had previous criminal records as he was already judged for mafia-type association, extortion, usury, jailbreak, illegal drug possession, and illegal arms possession.
The seizure order followed a proposal of an asset-related and personal preventive measure lodged by the Public Prosecutor’s Office in Gela – jointly with the Director of the Direzione Investigativa Antimafia. It is based on a so-called “double track” system, i.e. assets linked to the affected party are seized both in the framework of a criminal proceeding and in the framework of a preventive measures proceeding. In particular, both economic activities had already been seized for fraudulent transfer of assets – i.e. fictitious registration of assets – in the framework of a criminal proceeding initiated by the Public Prosecutor’s Office in Gela.
The affected party, currently accused of fraudulent transfer of assets, forged documents and fraud as well as suspected for fraudulent bankruptcy, continued to be socially dangerous because he pursued his own criminal intent. Practically, he managed two companies linked to him, also after the restraining order had been issued.
The investigation, led both by the DIA and the Public Prosecutor’s Office in Gela, also on the basis of the criminal proceedings recently concluded, convinced the Preventive Court in Caltanissetta to issue a preventive seizure order of assets stemming from illegal activities.
This temporary order will be followed by a trial phase at the presence of the affected party aimed at seizing the assets retrieved. The order will concern the whole social capital, corporate assets of two companies from Gela operating in the wholesale of fruits and vegetables, 2 motorcycles and a number of bank accounts directly registered for the subject and/or his relatives, for an overall value of approx. 2,000,000.00 euros.
Gela, 29 June 2022
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