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Man cons religious institutes with fake donation fees

Trickster pocketed up to 700 euros per day

13 November, 14:59
Man cons religious institutes with fake donation fees (ANSA) - Bologna, November 13 - Police in Bologna arrested a con artist on Tuesday who allegedly tricked churches and religious institutions into paying him "fees" for fake donations made from overseas.

Investigators said that 42-year-old Vittorio Casoni posed as an employee of the Bank of Italy explaining that a Swiss citizen had bequeathed the religious institution a "large sum of money" but a transfer fee was necessary to receive the sum.

Casoni was able to pocket up to 700 euros a day that police said he spent in bingo halls or on betting.

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