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Deputy mayor and councillor near Milan arrested for bribes

Invalidated prior bidding, awarded 28-million-euro contract

18 February, 18:29
Deputy mayor and councillor near Milan arrested for bribes (ANSA) - Cologno Monzese, February 18 - The deputy mayor and city councilor of a small town near Milan were arrested on Tuesday for taking bribes in exchange for waste-management contracts. Financial police investigators found that Raffaele Cantalupo, deputy mayor and environment councilor of the Cologno Monzese municipality, and the town's building councilor Maurizio Diaco, had agreed a 300,000-euro bribe with Sangalli & C. to award the firm a contract worth over 28 million euros. The firm is under investigation for corruption in public procurement in the Lazio, Lombardy and Puglia regions. The bribe was to invalidate the previous tender, repeat the bidding process with the contract at a higher sum and award it to the firm. Under house arrest in connection with the case are also Michele De Girolamo, from Milano Spa's Area Sud and in charge of urban sanitation in the town, and Fortunato Deleidi, a Sangalli employee. All were allegedly complicit in the plan, which was about to reach fruition.