Mercoledì, 17 Ottobre 2018
PALERMO

Italian postal banking probes 72 private agencies

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Palermo, March 20 - Italian financial police seized
72 private postal agencies across Italy and nearly 180 bank
accounts on Wednesday for alleged illegal postal banking
services.
Investigators in the Sicilian capital Palermo filed
complaints against the owners of two private postal networks,
alleged to have illegally received about 30 million euros from
customers over the last 18 months.
Investigators in the Sicilian probe dubbed "Lost Pay" also
accuse the private postal agencies of violating
anti-money-laundering norms.
The probe was sparked when complaints were filed with
Sicilian authorities that electricity, gas and telephone
services were suspended for unpaid bills, despite users having
paid the bills through private postal agencies.
In Italy, many private postal agencies do legitimately
offer bill-paying among other financial services, just as the
national postal service - Poste Italiane - does.
The Poste Italiane is a major financial services provider,
permitting people to keep deposit accounts, pay bills, wire
money, file government documents, buy insurance and other
services in addition to sending and delivering letters, packages
and telegrams.
National legislation to deregulate and reduce Poste
Italiane's market domination - imposed by the European Union -
divides administrative approval for private postal rivals into
two categories: mailing services and financial services.
Investigators found that although the agencies of the
networks possessed franchising contracts and ministerial
authorization to operate mailing services, they did not have
concessions necessary to conduct payment services.
Private postal agencies were seized in the provinces of
Palermo, Messina, Catania, Trapani and Agrigento, as well as the
provinces of mainland cities Rome, Macerata, Lecce, Reggio
Calabria, Modena and L'Aquila.

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