Italy: More Indictments in Photo Enforcement Scandal Judge in Abruzzo, Italy indicts 15 mayors, cops, speed camera company employees for fraud.
An Italian court ruled Tuesday that a group of mayors, police officers and speed camera company employees would stand for trial four months from now on charges of criminal conspiracy, fraud, embezzlement, abuse of office. Judge Anna Rosa Capuozzo ruled that fifteen individuals should be indicted.
Prosecutor Francesco Prete brought the charges following a detailed investigation opened in 2009 by the carabinieri. Participants in the photo enforcement scheme were followed, their conversations were wiretapped and their offices raided. The evidence of what happened between January 2005 and September 2007 painted an image of corruption between the photo ticketing firm Atessa and the government officials. The connections were said to violate the Italian constitution.
"The organization of public offices is determined by law ensuring the proper and fair operation of public affairs," Article 97 states.
The court questioned whether the impartial administration of public affairs was possible when speed cameras were being manipulated to generate additional revenue. The court allowed dozens of motorists harmed by this arrangement to be named as plaintiffs.
The first court hearing in the Abruzzo case is scheduled for January 17, 2012. The following were indicted:
Giovanni Di Stefano, 50, mayor of Fresagrandinaria Carlo Moro, 49, mayor of Lentella Giovanni Giammichele, 36, former mayor of Dogliola Leandro Di Lallo, 53 mayor of Moro Maurizio Antonini, 42 former mayor of Fresa
Nicola Di Stefano, 35 co-owner of Euroservice, a camera vendor Nicolino Di Giuseppe, 57, administrator of Fine Service Pierluca Di Giuseppe, of Fine Service Giuseppe Besca, 46, member of Euroservice
Antonio Marchesani, 53, Cupello police commander Giuseppe Cavallone, 52, Fresagrandinaria policeman Domenico Profeta, 50, Fresagrandinaria policeman Gianfranco Caravaggio, 43, Lentella policeman Giosue Forgione, 58, Cupello policeman Michele Di Dia, 54, San Giovanni Lipioni policeman