Martedì, 23 Ottobre 2018

Former prefect arrested in interior ministry finance probes


Rome, June 14 - Former prefect Francesco La
Motta, also the ex-deputy chief of Italy's secret services AISI,
was arrested for suspected embezzlement and forgery of interior
ministry funds on Friday, Rome prosecutors said.
Former banker Klaus Beherend, financier Eduardo Tartaglia
and broker Rocco Zullino were also arrested.
The four are accused of embezzlement and false
documentation regarding approximately 10 million euros of
interior ministry finances intended for the safeguard of Italy's
artistic heritage.
According to investigators, the money was invested by La
Motta in Switzerland and entrusted to Zullino, a broker and
business partner of Tartaglia, who is related to La Motta.
Beherend is accused of managing investment plans.
La Motta is also being probed in a parallel investigation
by anti-mafia prosecutors in Naples in a money-laundering case
involving the Polverino clan, a powerful family of the local
Camorra mafia controlling businesses in the northern part of the
port city.
La Motta is suspected of criminal conspiracy and revealing
classified information.
According to an informant cooperating with the
prosecution's office, La Motta covered for a number of local
entrepreneurs, provided information on ongoing inquiries and
tried to obstruct justice by stopping a prosecutor from pursuing
the investigation.
Cinema producer and broker Eduardo Tartaglia, also a
relation of La Motta, was recently arrested in connection with
the investigation.

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