Industry ministry official nabbed for abuse of office

Leaned on foreigners for money to facilitate procedures

(ANSA) - Rome, November 18 - Police on Wednesday arrested an industry ministry official for abuse of office for asking for bribes from foreigners wanting their educational qualifications recognized in Italy.
    The 51-year-old allegedly asked up to 1,200 euros to facilitate the process.
    The Romanian embassy reported the official to police after he tried to obtain money from a Romanian citizen.
    The ensuing investigation uncovered at least eight such episodes, all involving Romanian nationals.
    The suspect had the bribes sent to him via money transfer, asking his victims to destroy their email correspondence.


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