Scams on cultural events Palermo, former councilor plea bargains

(ANSA) – PALERMO, NOVEMBER 24 – The investigating judge Maria Cristina Sala has accepted the request for a plea bargain presented by the former city councilor Giulio Cusumano and the singer Alessio Scarlata: two years’ imprisonment for Cusumano, one year and two months for Scarlata. Both with suspended sentences. The former councilor and the singer were under investigation for fraud against the state and false public deed for an affair relating to the management of funding for shows and cultural events for “Palermo city of culture 2018”. “I decided to negotiate because I don’t want to be considered a chicken thief. I want to forget this story that destroyed my life. The story linked to the complaint of the official in 2015 was closed in 2017. In 2018 the investigation restarted – says Cusumano – For four years I’ve had my phone bugged, I no longer believe in this system.

Now I want to be forgotten. I’m in the countryside, I don’t want to do politics anymore. I lived a nightmare”. (ANSA).