Corruption, waste cost Italy 6 bn in 18 months - report

Increased tax police inspections cite 13,300 people

(ANSA) - Palermo, November 24 - Italian tax police uncovered corruption and waste costing 5.7 billion euros in the 18 months between January 2013 and September 2014, said a report published Monday in the weekly journal of non-profit anti-mafia research center Pio La Torre.
    In the first nine months of 2014 alone, Italian tax police conducted 24% more investigations than in the entire year of 2013, the analysis said.
    The analysis of data from the 18-month period showed that tax police cited 13,300 people, for offences such as absenteeism in State jobs, paying suppliers twice for the same order, or ordering expensive equipment that was never used.
   

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