Italian military vehicles for Afghanistan seized
Allegedly repaired with used, defective parts08 February, 17:56
Guardia di Finanza financial police in the northeastern Sardinian city of Sassari found the vehicles were repaired with used and defective parts by a Sardinian repair shop.
The vehicles consisted of Iveco VM 90 off-road patrol vehicles and ACM 90 trucks, used for transporting materials.
Four mechanics and one member of the Italian military are under investigation for corruption and fraud against the State.
The mechanics, who work for a repair shop in the town of Castelsardo, near Sassari, allegedly modified and repainted used parts for the repairs, and billed the work as though the replacement parts were new.
The financial police claimed it amounted to 100,000 euros of fraud, and that the mechanics worked in league with the military personnel overseeing the repairs.