The apartments for rent in Milan, for non-resident students, from the photos on the web they seemed nice, even in central areas, and the price was affordable. Too bad that the poor students, after having paid the advance into the online account, could not set foot in those houses: photos and features were fake. And the salesman, a 44-year-old from Milan, didn’t even set foot in the city: for two years, between 2019 and 2020, he lived in the Canary Islands, on the island of Fuerteventura, remotely collecting deposits, even from 1200 euros in a single tranche.
The prosecutor asks for the immediate rite for the man, arrested at the end of April on charges of fraud. According to the allegations, reportedly posted at least 35 bogus home rental ads (with bogus photos and bogus property descriptions), managing to collect advances for amounts ranging from two hundred to over a thousand euros, sometimes being paid even three months in advance. Anyone who paid money into online accounts opened by the 44-year-old would never enter those apartments, which were not owned by the man. The scam would go on between 2019 and 2020.
He returned to Italy from the Spanish island where he lived to renew your identity document, on 22 April the 44-year-old was blocked at Milan Central Station by the agents of the Porta Genova police station, and ended up in prison by order of the investigating judge Alessandra Cecchelli, shortly before the prosecutor formulated a European arrest warrant against him. Now the request for immediate judgment, which allows prosecutor Cristian Barilli to skip the preliminary hearing phase. After the investigating judge has accepted the request of the public prosecutor, the 44-year-old, who has admitted the charges, will be able to request the abbreviated procedure and thus access the penalty discounts provided for by law.
June 8, 2021 | 11:42
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