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Fake work-permit ring preying on immigrants busted in Italy

Probes uncover racket involving police and attorney

Fake work-permit ring preying on immigrants busted in Italy

Latina, March 27 - Nine people were arrested and another nine are under investigation in the city of Latina near Rome after probes uncovered a false work and residence documentation racket for immigrants arriving in Italy, police said on Wednesday. Investigators allege that a racket involving a municipal office employee, policeman, immigration lawyer and a ring of business owners arranged work permits for mostly Indian nationals entering Italy by faking employment contracts, costing each immigrant between 6,000 and 7,000 euros. Attorney Alessandro Verrico, 37, considered the ring leader, is now in prison while officer Giuseppe Cappelletti is under house arrest. Probes began in 2012 after an Indian citizen living in Italy presented false documentation to a perspective employer, who reported the suspicious papers to the police. Investigators said they subsequently uncovered a complex ring issuing fake permits and that includes 'recruiters' in India. Officer Cappelletti allegedly tapped into immigrant help organizations in Italy offering consultation to garner more clients.

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