Reggio Calabria

Police bust fake farm workers scam in Calabria

Local CGIL labor union representative allegedly involved

Police bust fake farm workers scam in Calabria

Reggio Calabria, November 21 - Police arrested eight people including a representative of the CGIL labor union on Wednesday in a suspected social-security scam involving false farm workers in the southern region of Calabria. All eight are being probed for taking part in the alleged fraud which is said to have deprived Italian pensions agency INPS of 2.5 million euros in contributions. Police say that workers paid their on-paper employers for supposed positions on non-existent farms and by doing so 'bought' retirement benefits, welfare, unemployment benefits and pensions through paying kickbacks. Probes conducted by police in Reggio Calabria were assisted by one of the suspects who decided to talk to the investigators. CGIL representative Rosangela Galluccio allegedly arranged for the fictitious workers to pay 2,000 euros per person to be hired. Subsequently, local farm owners Arturo Corso, Joseph Sibio, Valenzisi Angelo, Salvatore and Vincenzo Pepe' Frisina filed documents with the local INPS office claiming they had hired temporary agricultural laborers. Wednesday's arrests are part of larger investigations that also include vote buying and electoral corruption, police said.

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