Martedì, 23 Ottobre 2018

Judge, two policemen arrested in money-laundering operation


Rome, May 16 - An Italian judge and two police
officers were among 34 people arrested on Thursday in relation
to a nationwide operation to bust a big money-laundering ring.
The judge is Franco Angelo Debernardi, who has been a
magistrate at the Lazio Regional Administrative court for a
number of years.
The 34 are accused of involvement in a vast
money-laundering racket featuring illegal exchanges of currency
and shares and other illicit financial operations.
Several lawyers and accountants were among the people
arrested, 22 of whom are in jail, while the other 12 are under
house arrest.
One of them is Gianni Lapis, a well-known Palermo tax
lawyer with links to the former mayor of the Sicilian city, the
late Vito Ciancimino, who was convicted of several Mafia-related
The money-laundering ring was busted thanks to the work of
an undercover police officer.
Investigators also seized 11.5 million euros worth of
foreign currency (mostly United States dollars, South Korean won
and Swiss francs) and 93 people have been cited to prosecutors.

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