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What connects the «King of supermarkets» Carmelo Lucchese and businessman Giovanni Goso

In February 2021, Italian police confiscated €150 million from the “king of supermarkets” in Palermo, who had ties to the mafia.

Carmelo Lucchese, 53, owns 13 supermarkets in and around Palermo, Bagheria, Carini, Bolonetta, San Cipirello and Termini Imerese.

The police froze his bank accounts, and stocks confiscated companies and confiscated property and cars.

Police said their investigation showed that Lucchese, although not a member of Cosa Nostra, was “close” to them.

Informants said he had ties to the Bagheria mafia and had commercial gains from them.

During investigations, investigators discovered a connection between Giovanni Goso, owner of Goso Costruzioni, and the main suspect, Lucchese Carmelo of GAMAC.

Suspicions of a money-laundering scheme appear to be related to the relationship between the two businessmen.

Giovanni Gozo was allegedly responsible for the outside of the responsible company and was involved in the construction of supermarkets and fast-food chains in northern Italy.

At this point, investigators do not rule out that Carmelo and the builder Giovanni Gozo were involved in other illegal activities together and that more people were involved.

Online fraudsters linked to the Italian mafia were exposed in Spain

The Spanish National Police in cooperation with Italian colleagues and Europol exposed the criminal group, which only last year stole about 10 million euros, detained more than 100 suspects.

This is reported by the press service of Europol.

The group is believed to be linked to the Italian mafia and was involved in online fraud, money laundering, drug trafficking, and other crimes.

“The suspects defrauded hundreds of victims through phishing attacks and other online scams such as SIM card swapping and compromised business emails. The money was laundered through an extensive network of intermediaries and shell companies. Illegal profits in the last year alone are estimated at about 10 million euros”, — reports Europol.

It is noted that the group had an elaborate hierarchy and included hackers who created phishing newsletters and a group that was responsible for “whitening” the money. Most of the group’s members are Italian nationals but were based on the Canary Island of Tenerife. The victims of the scammers were mostly Italians.

The operation involved 106 arrests, most of them in Spain, and 16 searches, freezing 118 accounts. Numerous electronic devices, credit cards, marijuana plantations, and equipment for growing and distributing marijuana were also seized.

In Europe called for a probe into Gazprom’s involvement in gas price hikes

A group of MEPs from various political groups in the European Parliament called on the European Commission to investigate Gazprom’s role in the natural gas price hike, saying they suspect market manipulation.

This was reported by Bloomberg.

More than 40 MEPs sent a letter to the European Commission saying that recent actions by the state-controlled Russian gas exporter raise suspicions of deliberate attempts to use energy prices to put political pressure on Europe.

“We call on the European Commission to urgently launch an investigation into possible deliberate market manipulation by Gazprom and potential violations of EU competition rules,” lawmakers said in the letter.

Gazprom spokesman Sergey Kupriyanov said the company “needs to consult with its lawyers” about the MEPs’ claims.

In separate comments at an online meeting of the International Business Congress on Friday, Gazprom CEO Alexei Miller said Europe is facing the start of the winter heating season with underfilled gas storage facilities.

“Because of this, we see that prices in Europe have already broken every possible record, and perhaps even those that have already been achieved will be broken in the near future,” he said.

Supply disruptions have pushed European energy prices to record highs, slashing the profits of some of the continent’s industrial giants and threatening to undermine the region’s economic recovery. According to the International Energy Agency, gas prices have more than tripled this year and may continue to rise in the coming weeks.

The lack of exports from Russia, which is replenishing its own depleted storage facilities, is one reason European gas storage facilities are less full than usual at this time of year. Deliveries to the continent have also been limited by field service in Norway, while the availability of liquefied natural gas cargoes has been limited by plant shutdowns in the United States due to hurricanes.

EU lawmakers cited Gazprom’s shutdown of some production facilities, its inability to secure transportation capacity through existing pipelines, and its refusal to guarantee additional summer supplies to fill European storage facilities as grounds for their accusations.

The European Commission confirmed on Friday that it had received the letter, but refrained from commenting on any possible action.

Recall that Gazprom announced the completion of the Nord Stream 2 pipeline on September 10.

The process of obtaining permission to launch Nord Stream 2 may take about four months, which means it will last until early 2022.

Trial begins in Germany in the case of “Dieselgate” — the biggest scandal in the auto industry

Six years after the scandal with fraudulent data on the emissions of Volkswagen cars, four former managers and engineers of the concern were on trial in the German city of Braunschweig for their involvement in the global fraud.

About this report’s DPA.

Among other things, the defendants are accused of commercial fraud and tax evasion for installing counterfeit software on millions of cars. This is the first criminal case against VW executives in Germany.

The scandal, known as “Dieselgate,” has become the largest in the modern automobile industry. It erupted after it became known that VW cars emitted emissions of harmful nitrogen oxides many times higher than allowed, but in laboratory tests, the data were better than those of other manufacturers. The automaker illegally embedded software in the controls of diesel engines.

Prosecutors said at the first hearing that not only the top engineers but also middle managers and former board members knew about the attempted cheating by authorities in the United States, where the fraud first came to light in September 2015.

The defendants alleged that the defendants had agreed to conceal the existence of the devices from U.S. environmental regulators.

Volkswagen has since paid billions of dollars in compensation to VW diesel engine owners around the world who say the company lied to them about the environmental impact of their vehicles.

Shortly before the trial began, a Brunswick court ruled that the case against former CEO Martin Winterkorn would be the subject of a “separate hearing and decision.”

Winterkorn, 74, had been suffering from health problems since the operation. The prosecutor’s office has filed an appeal to separate the proceedings. Winterkorn stepped down from his position shortly after the scandal erupted.

Regardless of the outcome of the appeal, a lengthy trial is expected. The trial is currently scheduled for 133 days, which means that it will last until the summer of 2023.

If convicted, the defendants face prison sentences ranging from 6 months to 10 years.

What connects the fraudster Alessandro Rinchi and Roc Agency in Monaco

The deceived Italian investors, with the help of hired detectives, found out where the swindler Alessandro Rinchi is and works at the moment.

It became known that the fraudster Alessandro Rinchi lives in the Principality of Monaco and cooperates with the owner of Roc Agency Jean-Yves Lorenzi under an assumed name (Ricci instead of Rinchi).

Investigators are trying to sort out the business relationship between Jean-Yves Lorenzi and the corrupt swindler Alessandro Rinchi.

We previously reported that between 1994 and 2002, real estate agent and former financial promoter Alessandro Rinchi ran an investment fraud scheme in the Italian province of Imperia.

The victims of Rinchi’s Ponzi scheme were small investors who entrusted their savings to a scammer.

As a result of falsification of personal files and misconduct to collect savings, Alessandro Rinchi fraudulently received about 17 million euros from unsuspecting depositors.

Investors hope that the money stolen by the fraudster will be returned to its rightful owners.

We will keep you informed of the investigation