Italy raids target mafia moves on wind, solar farms

Dec 07, 2012
Wind turbines are pictured in the village of Patirnico in Italy in 2010. Italian police on Friday arrested six people in an operation to combat the penetration of mafia families in the renewable energy sector in Sicily.

Italian police on Friday arrested six people in an operation to combat the penetration of mafia families in the renewable energy sector in Sicily.

Police said mafia bosses had obtained contracts to build photovoltaic and wind energy systems in Palermo, Agrigento and Trapani.

Some of the money they made went to fugitive mafia chief Matteo Messina Danaro, currently one of the world's top wanted criminals.

The six people arrested are suspected of mafia association and corruption.

The mafia has been heavily involved in renewable energy in Italy for years.

In July, the police seized a giant wind farm allegedly built by the 'Ndrangheta organised crime group in Calabria in southern Italy.

In 2010, police seized a record 1.5 billion euros from a Sicilian businessman known as the "Lord of the Wind" in an investigation that first threw the spotlight on mafia money-laundering through renewable energy.

The haul included no fewer than 43 and solar energy companies and around 100 properties, including swank villas with in 's western Trapani region. Several cars and a catamaran were also seized and bank accounts frozen.

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verkle
1.9 / 5 (9) Dec 07, 2012
Sounds like the Al Gore's of the USA. Trying to be Mr. Green for money's sake.
Neinsense99
3 / 5 (8) Dec 07, 2012
"Sounds like the Al Gore's of the USA. Trying to be Mr. Green for money's sake."
Reads like an anti-science denier trying to hijack a story for money or spite's sake.
obama_socks
1.8 / 5 (5) Dec 08, 2012
Verkle doesn't appear to be denying science. Invoking the name Al Gore in conjunction with the Italian mafia using renewable energy to make money sounds reasonable. After all, what is Al Gore's daytime job and how does he EARN a salary to live on? Yes, he's a wealthy man and has investments, which generally means that he may not even have a 9 - 5 job or be employed in any way.
But the name Al Gore or AlGore just happens to be associated with his pushing an AGW crisis to blame global or local warming on humans. I would iike to see his 1040 for the year 2013 and each succeeding year after Obama begins raising taxes on the rich. I doubt that he will have a W-2...being so wealthy.