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Police chief among 8 arrested in contract rigging probe

Suspected bribes to close school for shopping center near Milan

Police chief among 8 arrested in contract rigging probe

Milan, May 14 - Eight people were arrested for suspected bribes and corruption on Tuesday, including a municipal police chief, in the town of Trezzano sul Naviglio near Milan. Investigators allege that over 500,000 euros were promised, 230,000 euros of which were already transferred into a Swiss bank account, in a deal to close a nursery school to make way for a shopping center and connected parking lot. Municipal Police Chief Giacomo Velardita, 54, Trezzano City Councillor for Social Services Oreste Sciumbata, 54, and Public Works Commissioner Giorgio Rossetto, 65, are believed to be at the helm of the scam to close the school. Also arrested were businessman Antonio Di Stasio, 66, contract consultant Massimo D'Anzuoni, 49, accountant from the city of Bergamo Anna Galli, 43, Milan accountant Alessandro Beccaro Migliorati, 66 and Trezzano City Surveyor Marco Citelli, 59. "The serious events regarding plans involving government territory are being considered crimes of conspiracy to commit corruption," investigators said. More than 30 offices and residences in the province of Milan, Varese and Bergamo were searched in probes.

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