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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Author: raytodd2017

Chartered Legal Executive and former senior manager with Isle of Man Customs and Excise, where I was (amongst other things) Sanctions Officer (for UN/EU sanctions), Export Licensing Officer and Manager of the Legal-Library & Collectorate Support Section

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