Wednesday, July 8, 2015

Police Seize $1.75B in Assets from a Mafia Family; Sweep of Marineo Family in Palermo Is Huge One

Italian authorities said today (July 8, 2015) they had seized assets worth more than 1.6 billion euros ($1.75 billion) from a family of five Sicilian pensioners believed to have links to a prominent mafia clan, the AFP (Agence France-Presse) website reports.

The huge sweep of businesses, property and bank accounts "represents, in total value, one of the biggest seizures ever made," the anti-mafia department (DIA) said.

Authorities said the syndicate cultivated ties with the Italian anti-mafia movement in an effort to hide its activities from police.

The operation in Palermo, Sicily -- viewed as the central headquarters of Italy's mafia -- was aimed at "known entrepreneurs from the Palermo area who belong to the Marineo mafia family, linked to the Corleone clan," the DIA said.

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