Sunday, February 03, 2008


(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.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

I know what you mean -- I would have had trouble believing you until our experience this summer of driving from Venice to Sorrento (ie North to South Italy).
The roads were hilarious (I can write this as we were driving a hire car).
These men were obviously in charge.

6:27 AM  
Blogger Uriah Robinson said...

The Amalfi drive between Sorrento and Maori is an interesting route if you don't get vertigo.
But the abominable driving standards are a good excuse to stop in a trattoria for food to steady your nerves.

10:14 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Oh, yes, quite agree-- having got to our little villa in the hills above Sorrento, we spent the rest of the week driving along that road. Mayhem! Those scooters -- unbelieveable.

12:51 PM  

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