Genoa, January 22 - Three regional councillors in Liguria of the Italy of Values (IdV) party founded by one-time anti-corruption prosecutor Antonio Di Pietro are being probed for embezzlement as part of an investigation by Genoa prosecutors into the expenses of local politicians and the regional council. Also being probed by the authorities are Maruska Piredda, IdV's current party caucus head in Liguria, along with the party's regional treasurer, Giorgio De Lucchi, and his girlfriend. IdV, an anti-graft party, has suffered several defections in the national parliament since one of its leading members was arrested on embezzlement charges late last year and Italy's top investigative TV show reported on Di Pietro's extensive property portfolio. Funding scandals have hit across the political spectrum around Italy in the last two years and have led to the resignations of the governors of Lombardy and Lazio, members of ex-premier Silvio Berlusconi's People of Freedom party.
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