Tangenti Atm Milano, 12 arrests for rigged contracts: there is also Paolo Bellini

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Bribes to the ATM, the transport company of the Municipality of Milan. At least 8 supply contracts for the Milanese subways, among which the one for over 100 million euros on the automatic signaling systems of Line 2, the green one, in the last two years have been rigged, and in some cases even bought by bribes paid or agreed, according to the Public Prosecutor and the Guardia di Finanza of Milan who on Tuesday morning made 12 arrests (plus one under house arrest) for auction disturbance and corruption ordered by the investigating judge Lorenza Pasquinelli.

Next to several managers of supplier companies, two of those arrested are ATM managers– Azienda Trasporti Milanesi (spa of the Municipality of Milan), and one of them, Paolo Bellini, head of the Complex Technical Administrative Unit on Signaling and Automation systems of the Metro Line 1,2,3 and 5, to which investigators attribute 125,000 euros of bribes collected or agreed between October 2018 and July 2019, the central figure of the investigation in which the prosecutor Giovanni Polizzi and the assistant prosecutor Maurizio Romanelli in these hours are ordering searches not only in ATM in Milan but also in many companies in Italy: including some companies that – such as the giants Siemens Mobility and Alstom Ferroviaria, Ceit and Engineering Informatica – were searched and investigated (as legal persons) on the basis of law 231 of 2001 on the administrative liability of entities for crimes committed by managers in the interest company.

Among the disputes made in various capacities to some of the arrested there is also the hypothesis of criminal association for Paolo Bellini who, in addition to asking in some cases as a bribe a sort of monthly salary of a few thousand euros for the entire duration of contracts spoiled by disturbances, as the main economic utility he aimed every time to ensure the companies subcontracting part of the supplies to a company (later put into liquidation and replaced by another) of which he was a de facto director alongside the official directors. Among the thirty charges raised against suspects reached by precautionary measures, there are also episodes of disclosure of official secrecy (for the news blown about the tender specifications), embezzlement and abuse of office. Milan Transport Company (10 thousand employees, 800 million passengers carried and almost 1 billion in revenues per year, 9 million in profits in the previous year) a joint-stock company owned by the Municipality of Milan that manages public transport in the capital Lombardy and 46 municipalities inhabited by 2.5 million people.

June 23, 2020 | 08:50

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