Italian police have arrested fourteen defendants with suspected ties to the Laudani clan from the Sicilian Mafia for allegedly corrupting officials at commercial enterprises and public institutions in Northern Italy to secure contract awards for their front companies as reported by The Local: "the clan set up companies in the logistics and private security sector, and won contracts to work for Lidl, other commercial businesses, schools, and even a Milan court." Milan judge Ilda Boccassini said the reputed mobsters "knew the right people to bribe," and the case illustrates "an evolution of the system of corruption in Italy" and that "corruption is rampant in Milan."
In recent years Italy's Mafia groups in the Southern regions such as Cosa Nostra from Sicily and the 'Ndrangheta from Calabria have targeted the country's more affluent northern regions as reported by Bloomberg News:
Successful companies in northern Italy were increasingly subjected to "contamination" by organized-crime groups, including those from the south, as the businesses tried to weather the effects of the nation's recession, Milan-based Assolombarda, the Lombardy industrialists' association, said earlier this year. Prosecutors have also said the Mafia and other organized crime gangs are moving more of their operations to the north.
Now let's see how long it takes for the parasitic Mafia to destroy the north's economy.
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