Prosecutors seize former Northern League official's property

Official accused of paying son-in-law for bogus consulting job

Prosecutors seize former Northern League official's property

Milan, February 28 - Milan prosecutors on Thursday seized property owned by the former caucus leader of the populist and pro-devolution Northern League in the Lombardy regional assembly, Stefano Galli. Prosecutors seized three apartments owned by Galli and his son-in-law on the basis that these were allegedly acquired through the use of misappropriated public funds. Galli is also under investigation for fraud as part of a wider investigation into financial misdeeds by the outgoing Lombardy regional administration. A new administration was voted into power in Lombardy, with Northern League leader Roberto Maroni elected as governor, during the country's elections earlier this week. In the current investigation, Galli stands accused of having paid his son-in-law - who didn't finish high-school - almost 200,000 euros for consulting activities regarding the ''evaluation of legislative activity related to the relationship between the Region and local bodies, with particular attention to the province of Lecco, in support of the activity of councilor Stefano Galli.'' As part of the wider financial misdeeds scandal, Galli is also accused - among others - of having used party funds to pay for a 6,000 euro wedding banquet for his daughter. Galli subsequently made a public apology for misuse of the funds, which he promised to return to tax payers.

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