Blow to the mafia called “band dellaMagliana” that operated in Europe
Guardia Civil and Tax Agency
Spain, Italy, Austria, 13/02/2020
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Joint operation between the Guardia Civil and the Tax Agency
In the operation “Ingenere” have been detained 38 people who were convicted of alleged offences by game illicit, money laundering and extortion
It has been developed in Spain, Italy and Austria, in a performance simultaneous with the Civil Guard, the Tax Agency, the Weapon of the Carabinieri and Italian Police austrian
The leader of the organization, investigated in Spain and Italy, is associated also with several murders and assassinations in the years 80 and 90
Two of the detainees were settled in Barcelona and in the Canary Islands
The Guardia Civil and the Tax Agency in collaboration with the Weapon of the Carabinieri and Italian Police of Austria, in a joint operation coordinated by the Italian judicial authorities in Rome, specialized in the fight against the mafia, to have carried out the operation “Ingenere” in which they have been arrested 38 people belonging to the mafia called “Band dellaMagliana”. Have been bolqueadas and foreclosed 37 properties and 19 companies for an approximate total of 14 million euros. We also have intervened numerous vehicles and bank accounts.
The arrests made in Gran Canaria and Fuerteventura have been carried out in execution of Orders of a European Arrest and Surrender (OEDE).
“Operation Jackpot” was developed by the Carabinieri in Italy, allowed to identify a criminal organisation of court mafia, called the “Band dellaMagliana” dedicated to the fraud telematics and scam primarily through play illicit, money laundering, and extortion, among other crimes. The Italian, Salvatore Nicitra, currently in prison, was the ringleader of this band’s mafia and is considered a target of high value (HVT) within this type of crime together with Francesco Inguanta and Rosario Zarbo.
This criminal organization had been done illegally with the control of the gaming sector in Italy through the management and supply of machines, games of chance, use of illicit software, as well as online game. The result of these and other activities generate considerable economic benefits that were used for the granting of credits and loans which are subsequently made to charge their victims through extortion.
Part of the criminal organization linked to Nicitra had been specialized in designing and implementing a complex business network at european level through which introducing this money into the economic flow legal by the simulation of commercial relations legal linked also to the gaming sector. So they tried to avoid possible controls and the implementation of measures of prevention of money laundering.
At the end of 2018, agents of the Guardia Civil started an investigation into Salvatore Nicitra and other individuals related with it in order to shed light on the unlawful activities committed in our country and the framework established for this purpose.
Nicitra excabecilla of the “Band dellaMagliana” did travel constantly between Spain and Italy, by managing well the activities of the criminal syndicate that he led. It had made significant real estate investments in the Canary Islands, the fruit of the profit economic-generated by the illegal activities of this band.
These investigations have allowed to elucidate a series of murders and assassination attempts that occurred between the years 80 and 90, such as the murder of the brothers Belardinelli, whose authorship is closely related to Nicitra and his criminal organization.
Due to the complex fabric of economic, and of the action research carried out at the international level, we established a joint investigation team between the Civil Guard and the Special Delegation of the Tax Agency in the Canary islands.
So, in the mid of the year 2018 was established by a team of joint research between the Headquarters of the Guardia Civil in Las Palmas and the Special Delegation of the Tax Agency in the Canary islands, which was placed at the disposal of that joint team of officials of the Regional Unit of Collection of the Canary islands, specialized in the study of societies and officials in the Regional Area of Customs Surveillance experts in money laundering, which have been cleared for commercial traffic and corporate dummy created with the intention to launder money with illicit origin in Italy.
In this way, and under the instruction competent judicial, already by the end of 2019 has been the intervention securing both of major movable property, as of various current accounts that handled the alleged criminal organization on the island of Fuerteventura.
For more information you can contact the Office of Relations information and Social (ORIS) of the Guardia Civil on the phone 915146010.
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Official press release from the Interior Ministry http://www.interior.gob.es/prensa/noticias/-/asset_publisher/GHU8Ap6ztgsg/content/id/11504954