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Fiorito shredded evidence before arrest, judge says

'Destroyed invoices found in waste bin'

Fiorito shredded evidence before arrest, judge says

(ANSA) - Rome, October 2 - A judge on Tuesday said there was proof that Franco Fiorito, the former caucus leader of Silvio Berlusconi's People of Freedom (PdL) party in Lazio, destroyed evidence before his arrest. "Fragments of invoices addressed to the PdL caucus were found inside a paper shredder and a waste bin at his home," said the judge's statement. Fiorito was arrested and taken to jail earlier Tuesday after a judge agreed with prosecutors that there was a risk he could reoffend or tamper with evidence. The case, which exploded when Fiorito was put under investigation earlier this month, caused the PdL's Renata Polverini to step down as governor of Lazio last week. Investigators are looking at around six million euros of financial transactions carried out by Fiorito over the last two years. They said 1.38 million euros of this money went into bank accounts in Fiorito's name via 193 fund transfers.

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