(ANSA) – MILAN, SEPTEMBER 16 – The Economic and Financial Police Unit of the Gdf of Milan has carried out a seizure for over 2 million euros for an alleged fraud against the European Union as part of an investigation coordinated by the Public Prosecutor’s Office Europea, which also sees two companies among the suspects, Veronafiere spa and the Unione Italiana Vini cooperative society, “a leading company in the wine sector”. The preventive seizure order was signed by the investigating judge of Verona. The alleged scam concerns “participation in a European tender” for the “promotion of agricultural products, in the internal market and in third countries”.
In the investigation coordinated by the European Public Prosecutor’s Office, based in Milan, the Gdf carried out a preventive seizure decree aimed at the confiscation of over 2 million and 85 thousand euros charged to the cooperative Unione Italiana Vini. Three natural persons are also under investigation, namely the CEO of Unione Italiana Vini, Paolo Castelletti, the financial director and a consultant of the cooperative.
The hypothesis is an aggravated fraud “for the achievement of EU public funds”. The alleged fraud concerns “the obtaining of direct financing” of over 5 million euros, of which over 2 have already been disbursed, “in two tranches, one in 2018 and one in 2020 by the European Union Executive Agency for Consumers, health, agriculture and food safety “and collected” by the cooperative, as beneficiary-coordinator of the project “. (HANDLE).
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