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Finance police general, builder indicted for G8 fraud

'Bribery, corruption' linked to Sardinian venue

Finance police general, builder indicted for G8 fraud

Rome, June 19 - A general in Italy's finance police and a construction businessman were indicted Wednesday for alleged corruption related to building contracts for the venue of the 2009 Group of Eight summit. Diego Anemone, owner of the Anemone construction group, is accused of bribing General Francesco Pittorru with 700,000 euros to buy and remodel a home in Rome. In exchange his company was allegedly given favor in bids for building contracts on the Sardinian island of La Maddalena, where the G8 was originally scheduled but was moved at the last minute to Abruzzo to honour the 309 people killed in a devastating earthquake earlier that year. The trial has been scheduled to start November 13 in Rome. Finance police are investigating a total of five people in connection with alleged fraud totalling 166 million euros related to G8 construction. Finance specialists say they have found parallel accounting and numerous other kinds of fraudulent activity, such as work paid for but never completed, related to public contracts handled by the Anemone group. The group faces numerous other investigations related to fraudulent activities on other public contracts. Anemone was arrested in February 2010 for alleged graft in public tenders for work on other State venues as well as private real-estate deals involving politicians. (photo: General Francesco Pittorru, left, and Diego Anemone)

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