Mafia Capitale investigation
|Years active||2000s – present|
|Territory||Rome and his metropolitan area|
|Membership||Ca. 40 known members|
Massimo Carminati (arrested in 2014) |
|Criminal activities||Racketeering, conspiracy, loan-sharking, extortion, drug trafficking, fraud, money laundering, illegal works, bribery|
|Allies||'Ndrangheta, Sicilian Mafia, Sinti criminal groups|
The Mafia Capitale is the name given to a scandal involving the government of the city of Rome, in which alleged crime syndicates misappropriated money destined for city services. It operated in the city of Rome and the region of Lazio.
The scheme took advantage of the recent influx of immigrants from eastern Europe, as well as refugees from Africa and the Middle East, with one of the group's associates boasting that they made more money from the new arrivals than they did from drug trafficking. The criminal organization also used its connections to secure lucrative public contracts, before accepting payments for substandard or, sometimes, non-existent services. Among those investigated are former mayor Gianni Alemanno and Massimo Carminati, a member of the Banda della Magliana, as well as members of the 'Ndrangheta.
A 1200-page arrest warrant was issued in December 2014, and was followed by dozens of arrests. Among those investigated and arrested of the government of the city were the president of Rome's city council, the head of the city's public-housing division, and the former president of the X municipality, Ostia.
On 20 July 2017, Carminati was sentenced to 20 years in jail, along with other various sentences of his associates.
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