Martedì, 25 Settembre 2018

Camorra sweep nabs 55 mobsters, nearly half bn in assets


Naples, June 27 - Police arrested over 50 suspected
mobsters and seized nearly half a billion euros in assets across
Italy Thursday in their biggest crackdown in years on the
infamous Casalesi gang.
Agents detained 55 alleged members of the Naples-based
Camorra mafia spanning the length of the country, from Modena
and Reggio Emilia in the north, Viareggio and Frosinone in the
center, to Caserta, Naples and Catania in the south.
The suspects are wanted for conspiracy, collusion, illegal
gambling and betting, extorsion, threats of violence, computer
fraud, money laundering and fraud.
Police seized 450 million euros in assets that included 247
bank accounts, 347 properties, 148 businesses and 280
automobiles, two of which were Ferraris.
Investigators said the gang's most lucrative ventures were
the illegal distribution of slot machines, collecting sports
bets, and online gambling.
They were especially successful due to collaborating with
rival mob groups the Calabria-based 'Ndrangheta and the Sicilian
Cosa Nostra, police said.
The Casalesi gang came to world notoriety with the 2006
bestseller Gamorrah by Italian journalist Roberto Saviano, whose
accounts of their crimes prompted death threats and a permanent
government escort.
The book was later turned into a critically acclaimed film.

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