Bankruptcy and tax fraud for 29 million 3 businessmen and 2 professionals arrested

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The operation of the Guardia di Finanza of Bergamo with the contribution of Stefano Mecca, bankruptcy trustee who died in the fall of his plane two months ago.

The accusation is of bankruptcy, tax fraud and money laundering: five precautionary custody orders and seizures for confiscation of approximately 29 million euros on buildings, accounts and on a yacht were carried out in the early morning of Friday 8 November. In all there are 19 suspects, accused in various capacities of patrimonial distractions for over 10 million euros, damages to the Treasury for about 17 million and debts to the employees of a known bankrupt catering company for over 4,5 million euros. The operation of the Provincial Police of the Guardia di Finanza was also possible thanks to the help of the bankruptcy trustee, Stefano Mecca, who died two months ago in a plane crash in Bergamo.

The soldiers of the Provincial Command of the Guardia di Finanza of Bergamo, as part of the "Tribe" operation, from the early hours of Friday 8 November, are executing an ordinance ordering the precautionary custody against 5 subjects of which 3 in prison and 2 under house arrest. The arrested persons include 3 entrepreneurs and 2 professionals, an accountant with a studio in the province of Bergamo and an active tax consultant in the squares of Milan and Monza Brianza, already burdened by specific precedents. There are 15 searches in progress by the Financiers in homes, commercial offices and company offices between the provinces of Bergamo, Milan, Monza and Brianza, Sondrio, Venice and Varese.

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The arrest warrant, signed by the judge for preliminary investigations of the Court of Bergamo, Marina Cavalleri, at the request of the deputy public prosecutor of the local Public Prosecutor's Office, Emanuele Marchisio, represents the culmination of a detailed investigation conducted by the Economic and Financial Police Unit of Bergamo on the causes of the bankruptcy of a well-known company operating in the catering and canteen management sector and which involved 19 subjects, under various suspects for fraudulent bankruptcy, money laundering, self-laundering and false compensation of tax credits.

The military, through telephone and environmental interceptions, observation services, acquisition of testimonies, financial investigations and documentary evidence have collected a series of elements that have brought to light a real system conceived by the main suspects aimed at the systematic dispossession of entrepreneurial realities brought to failure, once emptied of assets and assets. The investigative investigations have also led to the operation of 6 additional companies, still active in the catering field, for which bankruptcy proceedings have been initiated.

The failure that led to the bankruptcy of the company being investigated in the 2013/2017 period was defined by the Judge, in its order, of impressive size since the established liability amounts to over 36 million euro, of which 17 million in damage to the Treasury and € 4.5 million to the detriment of 767 former employees of the company.

The investigations of the Financiers have revealed at least three distracting methods to the detriment of the corporate coffers, such as the payment to the administrator of compensation for about 1 million euros, in spite of the situation of failure in which the company was paying; the performance, in the absence of consideration, of services in favor of other companies always attributable to the de facto director of the bankrupt for another 2 million euro; and, lastly, the payment to the two professionals, also reached by precautionary measure, of about 5 million euro, accounting for the payment of taxes, which however were not paid to the Treasury, thanks to false compensation, but returned to the entrepreneur of the bankrupt company. Further distracting transactions were carried out by paying sums to 8 companies existing only on the card and not justified by the existence of commercial relations. Overall, state investigations have allowed the identification of distractions for around 10 million euros.

During the interceptions, the entrepreneur's willingness to investigate to make significant investments abroad in the playground / adventure sector sector emerged, a field in which his family had already gained previous experience in the province of Bergamo. In order to hinder the traceability of money, part of the distracted sums have been transferred to foreign c / cs held by fictitious companies with offices in Croatia, Slovakia, Slovenia and Switzerland.

The synergic operation of reconstruction of the economic-financial operations carried out by the investigators together with the precious contribution of the bankruptcy trustee, the late dr. Stefano Mecca, who tragically died last month in a plane crash, highlighted the total unreliability of the accounting records and the falsification of balance sheets in order to maintain access to bank credit.


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