Mercoledì, 26 Settembre 2018

Siena prosecutors probe origin of MPS tax-shield assets


Rome, February 7 - Siena prosecutors investigating
the origin of some 40 million euros in cash and securities
seized Wednesday from banks and trust companies as part of an
investigation into possible fraud against the troubled Monte dei
Paschi di Siena (MPS) bank said the funds appear to have been
acquired through "repeated fraudulent behavior" by an
organization of several people at the bank's finance department.
The prosecutors said the assets were "proof of the crime
committed" as they were obtained through the "illicit operations
committed inside the finance department" of MPS.
The prosecutors also said that given the assets' value as
evidence it was necessary to "safeguard the integrity of the
The assets seized by Italy's tax police had been held in
various institutions under a "tax shield" arrangement, sources
told ANSA Wednesday.
There have also been reports of bribery and corruption by
bank officials regarding, among other things, the costly
nine-billion-euro acquisition of rival Antonveneta in 2008.
The scandal comes amidst a national election campaign and
could damage the prospects for the left-leaning Democratic
Party, which has longstanding ties to MPS and its lucrative

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