(ANSA) - Caltanissetta, January 30 -
A court here in Sicily on Wednesday ordered the arrest of executives at Italy's leading concrete producer and impounded the company's assets.
Calcestruzzi CEO Mario Colombini was arrested at his home in a Milan suburb. He is accused of fraud collusion with the Mafia.
Also arrested were Fausto Volante, Calcestruzzi's division chief for Sicily and the southern region of Campania, and Giuseppe Giovanni Larino, a former Calcestruzzi employee who was an area chief in Sicily.
Calcestruzzi is a division of Italy's biggest cement maker Italcementi and the assets seized have an estimated value of 600 million euros. According to investigators, Calcestruzzi created a slush fund to pay bribe and kickbacks. The company is also suspected of delivering inferior quality concrete for public works contracts and of working in favor of Cosa Nostra.
A month ago Calcestruzzi suspended the activities of its seven plants in Sicily because of suspected infiltration of organized crime.
You could not make this stuff up.........I am surprised crime fiction sells so well in Italy, the reality is like a crime novel.