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Alemanno, Polverini probed for illicit funding

'Set up bogus fund for school survey'

21 February, 11:39
Alemanno, Polverini probed for illicit funding (ANSA) - Rome, February 21 - Former Rome mayor Gianni Alemanno and former Lazio governor Renata Polverini have been placed under investigation for suspected illicit party funding when they were members of Silvio Berlusconi's now-defunct People of Freedom party, police said Friday. Polverini, now part of Berlusconi's revised Forza Italia party, resigned after a series of funding scandals while post-Fascist Alemanno, beaten in his re-election bid by centre-left Democratic Party member Ignazio Marino last June, has since set up a small right-wing party.

They deny the allegations. A former Alemanno aide, Fabio Ulissi, and a former Accenture consultancy executive, Giuseppe Verardi, are under house arrest.

Police said the probe centres on a bogus 30,000 euro kitty set up with false Accenture invoices to fund a fake survey on the quality of school services, ahead of regional elections Polverini won in March 2010.

She quit in September 2012 after one of the many funding scandals that have hit local administrations of all stripes across Italy in recent years. Nine people are under investigation in all, seven for alleged fraud.