Under house arrest are Maria Theresa Caputo, Attorney Imola, 47, and Joseph Monaco, Imola accountant 60 years, investigated along with other thirty-six people, including a Bengali subjected to mandatory signature. The operation, dubbed Free pass, and carried out by the Guardia di Finanza di Rovigo, in collaboration with the provincial of Bologna, Forlì and Ravenna coordinated by the prosecutor of Bologna, has allowed us to strike a criminal organization dedicated to aiding and exploitation of ‘illegal immigration.
The investigation, which began in September 2009, he started from a regular tax audit in a textile workshop of Occhiobello, in the province of Rovigo, where they identified three Chinese workers results beneficiaries of regularization procedure known as amnesty for domestic workers and caregivers. According to the Guardia di Finanza the procedure was vitiated by the use of false work contracts as domestic workers or caregivers. From here, the investigation was continued, growing in two phases: the first in reference to the amnesty, the second one, following the flow decree of 2010.
An association of entrepreneurs and professionals Emilia, including Monaco, who worked at the Caf and the lawyer Caputo, considered the founders, organizers and promoters of the alleged illegal scheme, which because of their knowledge were able to find numerous customers, about 200, including Chinese citizens, Albanians, Bangladeshis, Pakistanis, Moroccans, Ukrainians and Moldovans. False employers would be around forty. Non-EU citizens interested in the permit poured organization an amount between 5 and 7 thousand euro, while obliging employers were rewarded with a thousand euro.
In this first phase Monaco, regarded as the inventor of the criminal system, he predicted that the lawyer had conferred Caputo of attorney to represent the false employers, when they were summoned by the Prefecture as the last step necessary for the issuance of a permit to stay, to make sure that it took place on a regular basis. At the end of this first phase there were some searches against Monaco and Caputo, both of Bologna, but it emerged elements to retain the lawyer involved in the system. But subsequent wiretaps allowed the Guardia di Finanza to understand how the lawyer Imola was otherwise included in the activity that is illegal and that after just preferred to go it alone.
The alleged offenses ranging from aiding and abetting illegal immigration, from falsehood material and ideological forgery of a public document to the statements made to the officer to aiding and abetting, with the aggravating circumstance of having acted in order to make a profit and in competition among more than five people.
After the amnesty of 2009 was presented as a new opportunity to gain with the flow decree of 2010 for non-EU workers, the activities of suspects, which in this case is independent of common accord, was busy in the days immediately preceding the famous “click day”, that is the day set for the electronic transmission of applications for the issue of a residence permit, as The threshold established by the decree flows of about 98 000 units followed by time of sending and receiving requests (“first arrived, first served”, that is “first come, first served”). The flow decree had allowed regularization of third country nationals, who were, on June 30, 2009, in Italy irregularly or illegally employed at Italian families as domestic workers or caregivers.
The latest searches of the Guardia di Finanza have permission to seize an imposing amount of documentation, which is now the prosecutor will read and evaluate, given the complexity of the matter. Among the suspects also a Bengali of 42 years, now be submitted to mandatory signature, which would have favored the permanence of the citizens of Bangladesh for a sum of around a thousand euro for the case under examination. The 42-year old would give Monaco the names of workers to be included in instances of regularization, declaring without a residence permit and are not employed, but employed by Italian citizens as domestic workers or caregivers by employers complacent.