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'Fiorito spent party money on vacations' say prosecutors

Trips to French Riviera, Paris come up in fresh allegations

09 October, 13:11
'Fiorito spent party money on vacations' say prosecutors (ANSA) - Rome, October 9 - Franco Fiorito, the arrested former caucus leader of Silvio Berlusconi's People of Freedom (PdL) party in Lazio, faces additional accusations of embezzlement for allegedly taking vacations with public money, Rome prosecutors said Tuesday. Fiorito, who was arrested last week for allegedly pocketing over 1.3 million euros in State-subsidized party funds, also spent party money on pleasure trips to London, the French Riviera, Paris and the Amalfi Coast, prosecutors say. The disgraced ex-caucus leader was put into custody when a judge declared he was at risk of tampering with evidence, and prosecutors said they found traces of destroyed financial records at his home. A court was to decide Tuesday if he should be released.