On Monday, police arrested 68 people linked to the operation, and charged them with skimming $35 million in funds destined to help new arrivals over the past decade.
Among those arrested was a Catholic priest who was paid almost $150,000 in a single year for providing “spiritual services.”
Investigators said “that the clan controlled, for profit, the management of the reception centre” at Isola di Capo Rizzuto and had been doing so for over a decade.
This is not the first time the Arena clan has branched out into areas not typically associated with mafia operations. In 2012, Italian police seized assets worth hundreds of millions of dollars — including one of Europe’s largest wind farms.
Saturday, May 20, 2017
"Italian police accused a mafia-linked gang of controlling one of the country’s largest migrant centers"