Florence, 11 June 2021 – The military of the provincial command of the Guardia di Finanza of Florence have executed a confiscation decree pursuant to the Anti-Mafia Code worth over 2 million euros, against an entrepreneur in the tanning district, Cosma Damiano Stellitano, 55, domiciled in the province of Florence, owner of companies in the tanning sector in Calabria and in Santa Croce sull’Arno (Pisa). At the end of the investigations carried out by the Fiamme Gialle economic-financial police unit, it emerged that “both the social dangerousness of the entrepreneur – seriously suspected of the crimes of money laundering and self-laundering – and a strong disproportion between the value of to which he had the availability – also through a third party – and the income declared by the same “. On the basis of the findings, the Public Prosecutor’s Office at the Court of Florence – (holders of the investigation file the adjunct prosecutor Luca Tescaroli and the deputy prosecutors Giuseppina Mione and Fabio Di Vizio) – advanced the request for application of the patrimonial measure and the Prevention Measures Office of the Court of Florence, chaired by Raffaele D’Isa – evaluating the existence of the legal requirements, following the asset seizure orders carried out in 2019 and 2020, has recently also ordered the confiscation of the same assets.
Today’s provision it is part of a broader institutional strategy, explains a note from the Guardia di Finanza, based on the coordination of the Florence Public Prosecutor’s Office for prevention measures and for the fight against illegal assets, including those of mafia origin, directed by the prosecutor Giuseppe Creazzo, aimed at countering, also through the application of anti-mafia legislation, the criminal infiltration of the legal economy.
In particular, about twenty current accounts, deposit books, prepaid cards, financial instruments and life insurance policies, 6 motor vehicles, 3 companies – operating in the leather processing sector – with offices were confiscated from the entrepreneur and some of his family members. in Reggio Calabria and in the province of Pisa, 50% of the shares of another company in the food sector based in Catanzaro, as well as 8 properties, including one in Tenerife (Spain). The patrimonial measures carried out originate from the “Vello d’Oro” operation which, coordinated by the Public Prosecutor’s Office of Florence and conducted by the Guardia di Finanza and the Carabinieri, in February 2018 had led to the arrest of 14 people among the Calabria and Tuscany, for crimes ranging from criminal association to extortion, from kidnapping to usury, from money laundering to illegal financial activity, from the issuance of invoices for non-existent transactions to the fraudulent transfer of values, even with the aggravating circumstance of the mafia method. As part of the investigation, a specific criminal system was reconstructed, aimed, on the one hand, at laundering the money illegally acquired by two Calabrian criminal gangs and a bell and, on the other, at creating hidden cash reserves at various Tuscan companies. . In the context, some companies, attributable to the entrepreneur, had been given attention, which had conveyed illicit capital, in fact in connection between the companies involved and the criminal association contiguous to the ‘Ndrangheta families of the Barbaro and the Nirta, active in the area of the Ionian coast of the province of Reggio Calabria, as well as characters connected to the Lo Russo Camorra clan, in the northern area of the city of Naples.
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