Martedì, 23 Ottobre 2018

Police arrest 19 in Puglia mafia money-laundering racket


Brindisi, March 4 - Brindisi financial police
arrested 19 people and seized assets worth 19 million euros in
the southern region of Puglia on Monday in an investigation into
alleged money-laundering through video-poker and online gambling
to finance the locally-based Sacra Corona Unita (SCU) mafia.
Assets seized include a premium villa, automobiles,
buildable land, 190,000 euros for presumed tax-crimes, and
roughly 15 million euros for stakes and company assets in two
businesses involved in collecting authorized bets, online
gambling, and the distribution of video-poker machines.
One of the companies investigated is a major operator in
online gambling, with more than 1,000 affiliated centers in
Italy and a turnover of over 300 million euros.
Defendants face charges of money-laundering, transferring
large sums abroad, using illegally-obtained proceeds fraudulent
bankruptcy and the emission of false invoices.
Among those arrested is Albino Prudentino, 61, who is
believed to be a high-ranking member of the SCU.
Prudentino is alleged to have used dummy-names,
professionals and accomplice-companies who were given the task
of reinvesting alleged illegal gains of the SCU into the local
Prudentino was originally stopped for racketeering and
drug-trafficking in September 2010 in Albania, where he was
about to inaugurate a casino.
He was extradited to Italy in January 2011.
The arrests were ordered by a Lecce prosecutor.

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