Fictitious hires, hit the assets of an entrepreneur from Palma

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The investigating judge of the court of Agrigento, Stefano Zammuto, has ordered – accepting the request of the acting chief prosecutor Salvatore Vella – the preventive seizure for the equivalent of 71,272.29 euros to be paid by the owner of the “Contino Calogero” farm in Palma di Montechiaro and 10 alleged “fake” farm workers.
The investigation of the Prosecutor’s Office is, according to the prosecution, on an “aggravated and continued fraud for the achievement – announced by the courthouse – of public funds towards the” Contino Calogero “farm, as well as against the alleged false agricultural workers, who served in the same firm.
The seizure of assets and current accounts, attributable to the suspects, was carried out by personnel from the Licata Finance Police lieutenancy ».

The investigating judge «recognized the existence of the ‘fumus’ of the crime of aggravated fraud for the achievement of public funds hypothesized by the prosecutor, based on the investigation carried out and on the documents acquired by the National Labor Inspectorate of Agrigento.
In particular, «it is assumed that from 2016 to 2020 Contino Calogero – writes Vella – fictitiously hired at least 10 agricultural laborers.
These false laborers subsequently presented applications for agricultural unemployment, requests for the receipt of allowances for the family unit, sickness and maternity and applications for Covid-19 allowance, thus receiving undue payments for a total of 71,272.29 euros, with damage to the Treasury.


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