Three people were arrested by the financial police for conspiracy and fraud. The judicial police operation targeted a criminal gang, believed to be linked to a “Cosa Nostra” clan, as reported by PadovaOggi. The protagonist of the operation is Wiliam Alfonso Cerbo from Catania, called “Scarface”. The 39-year-old man lived in a prestigious apartment in Citylife, Milan, from where, according to what the investigators revealed, he managed everything: he bought large orders with his companies and then never paid. An extremely luxurious life even if officially nothing.
In recent days, the financiers of the Provincial Command of Padua, directed by the public prosecutor of Rovigo, have executed an order restricting personal freedom against the promoter and the main members of a criminal association, aimed at fraud, promoted by “Scarface” already emerged in other investigative contexts for hypothesized links with the Mazzei clan of “Cosa Nostra”.
The investigation of “Scarface”
The investigation activities, resulting from a context analysis developed by the Veneto Regional Command, were started by the yellow flames of Este in May 2020, close to the conclusion of the first lockdown: a complex fraud mechanism was disrupted which caused significant damage to over 60 economic operators located throughout the country (from leading brands to small local businesses in various sectors), in particular in the regions of Calabria, Campania, Emilia Romagna, Lazio, Liguria, Lombardy, Marche, Piedmont, Sardinia, Sicily, Tuscany, Trentino Alto Adige and Veneto.
In detail, the criminal association – which involves, for various reasons, 13 subjects, one of whom is being investigated for receiving stolen goods and some earners of citizenship income, and over 20 companies located in the provinces of Bologna, Brescia, Milan, Modena, Padua, Novara and Varese – also taking advantage of the strong economic recession due to the covid-19 emergency, had identified two apparently thriving structures located in the industrial areas of Sant’Elena (Padua) and Carmignano di Brenta (Padua), as logistical bases for organization. Thanks to the assistance of two professionals (one from the province of Padua and the other in the Catania area), the association, by altering the financial statements and identifying unsuspected “nominees”, regenerated companies, in fact inactive or decocted, for the sole purpose of making them attractive to the market and to be able to start commercial collaborations to procure, indiscriminately, significant quantities of goods.
He bought and didn’t pay
The “purchased” products, which remained in the aforementioned operational bases for the time strictly necessary to logistically organize their subsequent transfer, were transported to a warehouse in the province of Brescia and, subsequently, distributed to further economic operators through secondary channels. Precisely in the Brescia warehouse, in November 2020, the financiers of the Compagnia di Este, intercepting the data of some transport documents, subjected assets for over 1.2 million euros to seizure, all deriving from the fraudulent conduct perpetrated by the association in the North Italy.