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'Vatican money-transfer scam for tanker-fleet owners'

D'Amico brothers in failed attempt, IOR opens internal probe

28 June, 13:23
'Vatican money-transfer scam for tanker-fleet owners' (see previous).

(ANSA) - Rome, June 28 - An allegedly illicit attempt by a top Vatican prelate, a spy and a Rome broker to secretly fly 20 million euros back to Italy from Switzerland was carried out for three brothers who own a Rome-based oil-tanker fleet, police said Friday.

Paolo, Cesare and Maurizio D'Amico were the alleged beneficiaries of an operation involving a private jet said to have been ordered by Vatican asset-management accounts chief Msgr Nunzio Scarano with the complicity of intelligence agent Giovanni Maria Zito, they said.

The brothers were reported to be friends of Msgr Scarano, who was suspended a month ago.

The attempt to fly in the money failed, police said.

Vatican Bank IOR, to which the Holy See's assets agency APSA is linked, told ANSA it aimed to "cooperate fully with Italian authorities" and launch an internal inquiry "in line with the zero-tolerance policy promoted by (new) president Ernest Von Freyberg". Scarano was in custody in Rome's Regina Coeli prison while Zito is being held in a military prison at Santa Maria Capua Vetere near Naples and broker Giovanni Carenzio in Naples' Poggioreale jail.