It doesn’t matter if these days they’re modern boardroom businessmen in Ermenegildo Zegna suits and Bally shoes. They’re still the Mafia, and they’ll still mug you.
This week the US Department of Justice and the FBI released a series of documents reminding us the Mafia – aka La Cosa Nostra, the Mob, or as insiders call it, “This Thing of Ours” – really are not such nice people, even if they know good meatball recipes and are nice to children.
The DoJ and the FBI announced indictments against 13 individuals, being a combination of mobsters, lawyers and accountants, most of who were arrested in coordinated raids on Wednesday morning. This particular scam allegedly worked like this:
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They called it Tangentopoli. ‘Tangenti’ is one of the Italian words for ‘bribes’, and Tangentopoli summed up the idea that Italian politics had become a game of Monopoly fuelled by kickbacks.
I spent a lot of time in Italy in the 90s, starting with a story for ‘Foreign Correspondent’ in April 1993. Tangentopoli had convulsed the country, with magistrates uncovering vast swathes of corruption involving most of the leading political figures of the previous three decades.
My first encounter with the new reality came in a town in Abruzzo called Chieti. It was a sort of magnified microcosm of Italy, because almost every councillor on the local government had been arrested for corruption.
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