VICENZA – The Guardia di Finanza of Vicenza carried out this morning – June 8 – 17 precautionary measures, 9 custody orders in prison, 2 house arrest and 6 signature obligations, against a criminal association aimed at issuing false invoices, scams and false tax returns. The investigation, coordinated by the Berici Prosecutor’s Office, led to today’s ‘blitz’ in which over 150 agents were engaged in the provinces ofi Vicenza, Padua, Brescia and Milan.
At the top of the organization a couple, Mirko Ghitti and Chiara Andrighetto, residing in the province of Padua but operating in Towers of Quartesolo (Vicenza), which had set up a series of companies, part of which issued invoices for non-existent transactions, others – based in Lombardy – used them to obtain tax deductions and still others had the role of “fiscal coffins”, accumulating debts with the tax authorities until liquidation or bankruptcy.
The operations would also have allowed the obtaining of loans disbursed for theCovid-19 emergency. The investigating judge of the Court also ordered the preventive seizure aimed at confiscating 9 companies for a total of 2.5 million euros.
The investigations made it possible to carry out a “mapping” of the subjects involved and to identify the frode all’Iva, which was linked to the trade in ferrous materials and construction. The estimated amount of bogus invoices is 30 million euros, of which 19.5 million have been ascertained, with a parallel record of false invoices for 9.2 million “exchanged” between the “paper mills” in the Vicenza and Brescia area. In addition to the precautionary measures and seizures, 39 searches were carried out on 23 suspects and 16 companies, including 15 joint stock companies and one sole proprietorship.