Assets for about 150 million euros were confiscated by the financiers of the provincial command of Palermo from a 56-year-old entrepreneur, active in the large food distribution sector. On the basis of the investigations carried out by the Economic and Financial Police nucleus – Gico di Palermo, the judge – valuing the analysis and verification of timely statements made by collaborators of justice and the economic-financial-oriented rereading of the results of various criminal proceedings – considered that the entrepreneur, “although not organically inserted in the criminal organization, is to be considered ‘collusion'”, having operated, at least since 2004, “under the protective wing of the Cosa Nostra, in particular the Bagheria family”. According to the investigators, the protection offered by the clan would have discouraged competition, even with damage, and would have allowed the entrepreneur to acquire competing companies, solve the problems that arose in the management of his companies (including those relating to employment relationships with employees) , settle disputes with its shareholders, obtaining the possibility of taking over the disputed company and benefiting from a deferred payment and avoiding payment of the protection money in the Bagheria area and, thanks to the mediation of the local mafia family, negotiate the placement with the Palermo clans.
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