The judge for the preliminary hearing (GUP) of the Court of Milan sentenced two former Lega auditors, Alberto Di Rubba and Andrea Manzoni, as part of the trial on a real estate operation by the Lombardia Film Commission foundation. Di Rubba was sentenced to 5 years in prison, Manzoni to 4 years and 4 months. The judge also ordered compensation for damages of 150 thousand euros to the Lombardia Film Commission and 25 thousand euros to the municipality of Milan.
In the trial, carried out with an abbreviated procedure, Di Rubba and Mazoni were accused of auction disruption and embezzlement in the sale of a property in Cormano, near Milan. The two, together with the accountant Michele Gaetano Arturo Maria Scillieri, allegedly defrauded the Lombardia Film Commission, a foundation for the promotion of Lombardy in the cinema sector which had bought the property in Cormano at a much higher price than its real value. The court ruled that Di Rubba, Manzoni and Scillieri appropriated the difference.
Francesco Barachetti, an entrepreneur from Bergamo who took care of the renovation of the property and who is involved in the theft of public money, is accused in the trial with the ordinary rite, still in progress. Two alleged figureheads, Luca Sostegni and Fabio Barbarossa, and Scillieri have already negotiated: they were respectively sentenced to 4 years and 10 months, 2 years and 1 month, and 3 years and 4 months.
History, in short
In 2016, the accountant Scillieri entrusted two companies (Paloschi srl and Andromeda real estate) to what is suspected to be two figureheads, chosen to appear as directors while the companies were in fact administered by him. In February 2017, he had told Daily fact, Andromeda bought the shed for 400,000 euros, “with four checks that will never be cashed.” In November 2017 Paloschi srl was “canceled from the business register”.
In December of the same year, the Lombardia Film Commission – which since May was looking for a new location, to be paid for with regional funds – bought the Cormano warehouse for 800,000 euros. At that time the president of the Lombardia Film Commission was Alberto Di Rubba, and Andrea Manzoni was his business partner.
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