On 28 October, Agriland reported that authorities in Italy, assisted by the EU’s anti-fraud office OLAF, have arrested 48 people in connection with a scheme to defraud EU agricultural funds of over €16 million. The criminal group purchased machinery with the support of EU funds at an inflated price. The machinery was declared as new but was in fact either second-hand or purchased at a much lower price than what was officially declared. Fictitious companies were set up outside Italy to cover the traces of fraud and facilitate money laundering.
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