Three probed in L'Aquila bribery case

In 38-million-euro L'Aquila city contract

(ANSA) - L'Aquila, February 26 - L'Aquila city prosecutors on Friday placed a suspect under investigation for fraudulently claiming to have influence over public officials in order to obtain a bribe.
    Chieti-based engineer and surveyor Francesco Maria De Deo, 49, allegedly obtained 8,000 euros in exchange for access to a 38-million-euro city services contract in virtue of his non-existent connections with Democratic Party (PD) L'Aquila Mayor Massimo Cialente and with Giovanni Legnini, currently the head of the judiciary's self-governing body, the Supreme Council of Magistrates (CSM).
    The suspect is also accused of issuing invoices for non-existent operations aggravated by committing a crime in order to conceal another crime.
    Maurizio Polisini, 67, and Andrea Polisini, 38, managers of the Teramo-based Edilcostruzioni Group construction company, are also under investigation in the case for allegedly paying the 8,000-euro bribe and conspiracy to commit tax fraud via invoices for non-existent operations.