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PALERMO – The old boss’s treasure ends up under seizure. The provision of the Prevention Measures section of the Court of Palermo affects Michele Siragusa, 78, a mafia member of the Borgo Vecchio.
A bar in via Ettore Xiemenes (allegedly in the fictitious name of Francesco Paolo Trapani), a furniture shop in via Emnauele Requisenz (in the name of one of Siragusa’s sons), four properties, five current accounts and three prepaid cards pass into court. All for an estimated value of 300 thousand euros.
Siragusa, historical surname in Borgo Vecchio
Historical surname that of Siragusa in the popular district of Palermo. In 1999 he was convicted of mafia for crimes committed until 1982. Second conviction in 2011 for mafia association and extortion: he mainly dealt with the collection of protection money.
Siragusa had become the strong man in Borgo Vecchio at the behest of Salvatore Lo Piccolo, the godfather of Tommaso Natale who has now become the lord of the city.
Siragusa was detained from 1997 to 2007 and from 2008 to 2014. Once he returned to freedom he would have started the two companies, making them registered with as many presumed nominees. In 2020 he was convicted of fraudulent transfer of assets, but this sentence is not yet final..
The economic and asset assessments, delegated by the Public Prosecutor’s Office to the specialists of the Gico of the Economic-Financial Police Unit and the section of the judicial police of finance, would have highlighted “a significant disproportion, equal to over 471 thousand euros, between the declared income and investments made over time “.CopyAMP code
“Sterilize illicit enrichment”
The Court presided over by Raffaele Malizia (judges Erika Di Carlo and Valentina Amenta complete the board) found that there is dirty money behind the investments. “The fundamental objective of the investigations carried out by the Guardia di Finanza – explains Colonel Gianluca Angelini, commander of the Economic and Financial Police Unit – is to steal from criminals any economic benefit deriving from criminal conduct, particularly hitting all the assets acquired over time in absence of income of lawful origin, with the aim of sterilizing any patrimonial enrichment connected to the crime “.