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Ex-sports minister Idem investigated for fraud, media report

Olympic gold medallist resigned in 2013 amid tax allegations

18 March, 15:05
Ex-sports minister Idem investigated for fraud, media report (ANSA) - Ravenna, March 18 - Josefa Idem, the former equal opportunity and sports minister and retired international athlete, has been probed for alleged fraud in connection with social security contributions paid by Ravenna city council on her behalf while she headed the sports department from 2006 to 2007, La Voce di Romagna newspaper reported Tuesday. Idem, a senator in the ruling centre-left Democratic Party (PD), was investigated together with her coach-husband Guglielmo Guerrini, the newspaper said.

Idem began working for Guerrini in 2006, shortly before beginning a second term as head of the city sports department, and was consequently able to take a leave of absence with responsibility for social service payments being borne by the local authorities. The 2000 Olympic gold medallist for sprint canoeing resigned as sports minister in the government of ex-premier Enrico Letta last year amid allegations of tax evasion in connection with a residence in Ravenna outfitted as a commercial gym.