Domenica, 23 Settembre 2018
MILAN

Formigoni in fresh corruption probe

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Milan, 12 June - Former Lombardy governor Roberto
Formigoni has been placed under investigation on suspicion of
corruption and tender-rigging in a kickbacks probe in which
seven people including a former regional councillor were
arrested in March, the Corriere della Sera newspaper reported
Wednesday.
Formigoni, a prominent member of ex-premier Silvio
Berlusconi's centre-right People of Freedom (PdL) party, was
already investigation for suspected conspiracy and corruption
linked to the Pavia-based Maugeri health-care foundation.
Businessman Pierangelo Dacco', a friend of Formigoni's, is at
the centre of the Maugeri probe.
On Tuesday a Milan appeals court sentenced Dacco' to nine
years in prison for embezzling money through the San Raffaele
hospital in Milan.
According to the court, Dacco' helped create the so-called
"San Raffaele system", whereby entrepreneurs who worked under
contract for the hospital would intentionally overbill clients
and give the difference to Dacco' who used the money for slush
funds.
He was also found guilty of misappropriating assets and tax
fraud.
Formigoni has consistently denied wrongdoing and says he
paid for holidays on a boat provided by Dacco'.
The PdL heavyweight's lawyer complained Wednesday that news
of the probe was broken by the press without his client being
informed, like the previous one, although he did not cast doubt
on the report.
Formigoni and the whole Lombardy government and parliament
resigned at the end of last year after a wave of scandals.
The PdL governor of Lazio also resigned at about the same
time.
Local administrations led by various parties have been hit
by scandals, mainly involving misuse of public funds, over the
past two years.

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