Naples prosecutors say €2 million (£1.4 million) destined to provide migrants in Italy with basic services instead went to a couple managing reception centres.
Alfonso De Martina, president of a non-profit association based in Pozzuoli, was arrested on Saturday, along with his companion Rosa Carnevale, both accused of skimming public money in Italy’s rapidly growing migrant management business.
According to their website, the non-profit has more than 100 operative seats.
Prosecutors allege the couple swindled the sum by falsifying numbers of migrants it was hosting, but also by skimming money destined to provide services for those actually present.
Finance police say they used the money to buy real estate in Milan and Pozzuoli as well as a mobile recharge business. They had billed €345,000 for operations never carried out, and were allegedly found with €130,000 in cash. €6,000 earmarked for migrants was spent on stadium tickets for the Napoli-Chelsea Champions League match in 2012.
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