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Two senators, cabinet undersecretary in fraud probe

Police investigate embezzlement allegations in southern Italy

01 April, 12:11
Two senators, cabinet undersecretary in fraud probe (ANSA) - Naples, April 1 - Police in southern Italy said Tuesday they are investigating major fraud, including allegations of embezzlement, involving two senators and a cabinet undersecretary as well as regional politicians from different political parties in Campania. Prosecutors are concerned with more than 50 officials and have asked that 13 regional counselors be dismissed over alleged irregularities in their reimbursements over a period stretching from 2010 to 2012.

Investigators say they are interviewing officials including Senator Domenico De Siano, a regional coordinator for ex-premier Silvio Berlusconi's Forza Italia (FI) party, Senator Eva Longo, also an FI official, as well as Transport Undersecretary Umberto Del Basso de Caro, of the centre-left Democratic Party (PD).