Police probe contracts worth 1 bn euros

150 tenders investigated, including for quake-affected roads

(ANSA) - Trieste, November 21 - Over 400 tax police officers were deployed on Wednesday in a sweeping operation in north-eastern Italy to search and seize documents from public and private firms as part of an investigation into public work contracts worth over one billion euros.
    Investigators coordinated by prosecutors in Gorizia searched for evidence of alleged collusion and fraud involving companies in charge of construction work for bridges, viaducts, galleries and airport runways allegedly made with different materials from those declared.
    Overall, investigators are looking into 150 tenders for the maintenance or construction of public work that were allegedly altered.
    They include roads in central Italian areas struck by earthquakes in 2016, including the so-called Tre Valli Umbre, investigative sources said.
    Tax police are giving special focus to tenders between 2015 and 2018, according to the sources.