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Ex-Lombardy governor indicted for alleged corruption

Formigoni sent to trial along with nine others

03 March, 18:10
Ex-Lombardy governor indicted for alleged corruption (ANSA) - Milan, March 3 - Former Lombardy Governor Roberto Formigoni was among 10 people sent to trial by a Milan judge on Monday for alleged graft in the region's health sector.

Formigoni, a Senator with the New Centre Right (NCD) party of Interior Minister Angelino Alfano, is accused of criminal association and corruption. Former executive regional councillor Antonio Simone and businessman Pierangelo Dacco', a friend of Formigoni's, are also among the people implicated in the case relating to the Pavia-based Maugeri healthcare trust.

The trial will start May 6. Last year a Milan appeals court sentenced Dacco' to nine years in prison for embezzling money through the San Raffaele hospital in Milan.

According to the court, Dacco' helped create the so-called "San Raffaele system", whereby entrepreneurs who worked under contract for the hospital would intentionally overbill clients and give the difference to Dacco' who used the money for slush funds.

He was also found guilty of misappropriating assets and tax fraud.

Formigoni has consistently denied wrongdoing and says he paid for holidays on a boat provided by Dacco'.

Formigoni and the whole Lombardy government and parliament resigned at the end of 2012 after a wave of scandals.