He was in Santo Domingo, he returned to Rome today and presented himself to the Polaria agents of Fiumicino. His company manages a turnover of 30 billion in Italy and abroad
ROME – Francesco Corallo, the king of slot machines, a fugitive since May 2012 for corruption, has handed himself over to the agents of the Polaria of Fiumicino. Corallo was in Santo Domingo and returned to Rome this afternoon.
Francesco Corallo, born in 1960, is the owner of Bplus Giocolegale ltd (formerly Atlantis), the largest slot machine company in Italy and abroad, for a turnover of 30 billion every year.
Massimo Ponzellini, former president of Bpm, also involved in the proceedings against Corallo, was also arrested in May 2012 (http://www.repubblica.it/economic/financial/ 2012/05/29 / news / bpm_arrestato_ponzellini-36119168 /) for loans granted to companies attributable to Corallo.
The 148 million euro loan from BPM to the company Atlantis / BpPlus was in the sights of the investigators. The bank would have lent money to Atlantis which, going up the chain of control, would be headed through an offshore company in the Netherlands Antilles to Francesco Corallo. The revenues of Atlantis, active in gambling and winner of a tender with the Autonomous Administration of State Monopolies (Aams), would end up outside the national borders, without knowing the destination. Doubts would also have emerged on an increase in a surety granted to Atlantis, on the occasion of which the company’s requirements would not have been verified, first of all the need for the company not to have its registered office in order to obtain concessions on games of chance from the Italian state. in countries with subsidized taxation.
In the investigation into the Bplus, during a search, a computer was stolen by the parliamentarian Amedeo Laboccetta, and then returned only later. In the seized documents, traces were also found of an off shore account in the name of James Walfenzao, the same trustee of the Printemps company who bought the house in Montecarlo where Giancarlo Tulliani, Gianfranco Fini’s brother-in-law, lived.
NEWS March 21, 2016
KPMG: ‘No connection with casino boss Corallo’ KPMG denies checking the books of Francesco Corallo, the casino boss currently in prison is associated with the corruption surrounding the former Prime Minister Gerrit Schotte of Curaçao.
This month, Schotte was sentenced to three years in prison for bribery, forgery and money laundering. The
Sicilian Corallo would have paid at least one million euros to the former prime minister in exchange for political
According to the allegations, Corallo is a major player in a web of corruption that revolves around illegal, among other things
SMS lotteries, in which telecom company UTS, betting office Robbie’s Lottery and Coralla would play a role. Corallo
denies having anything to do with the case and said in an interview with de Volkskrant last year: “We adhere to the rules.
The accountancy organization KPMG audits us. “
On Friday, March 18, 2016, MPs André Bosman (VVD) and Ronald van Raak (SP) asked parliamentary questions about the role of
KPMG in the corruption scandal, in which they referred to Corallo’s statement. According to the MPs, the
position of KPMG are vulnerable due to the connection with Corallo.
KPMG DC () felt compelled to respond: “KPMG DC is the auditor of
the telecommunications company UTS. The suggested link between UTS and KPMG on the one hand and Robbie’s Lottery and
Francesco Corallo on the other hand does not exist. KPMG DC has today in response to Bosman’s interview on
Radio Direct first learned of Corallo’s statement in de Volkskrant. Corallo makes this statement
on September 15, 2015 and announces in this interview that he has his books checked by KPMG. This information is
KPMG admits to having had links with Corallo, but terminated this audit engagement in early 2015:
“In previous years, KPMG DC has not issued an auditor’s report on this engagement
we will not make any announcements about the termination, other than that such termination has been effected on our initiative
come. “State gambler, colluding politicians, the Tullians, the sunset of Fini What the state forbids to private individuals it allows to itself. The money attracts the underworld and also the Tullians. Ends at sunset Sources: Free Association, Repubblica, il Fatto Quotidiano, other internet Premise This story documents: • The low morality of our state that tries to collect money at the expense of the fragile by exploiting a vice that it should fight instead. Many politicians also enter this low morality. • a business so profitable as to attract the worst underworld and where non-criminals like the Ponzellini and the Tulliani brothers also fall. • earnings so easy and quick to fully involve Elisabetta Tulliani, wife of Gianfranco Fini who, for love or for profit, shows his fragility as an ordinary man who goes through an ugly and unexpected sunset. Political premise Around the year 2000 it is thought to give life to the state monopolies that until then had remained stuck in selling / taxing cigarettes, matches, lottery games and occasional lotteries. It is thought to extend their influence not only to the famous scratch cards, but even to games of chance such as slot machines. The politicians, sensing the deal, divide up the prey: The Socialists take over the logistics, that is, the concession of the gambling halls The right, especially AN, takes the equipment for games instead. The gambling state • The facts that we report bring out a situation of strong ethical unease, cynicism, lack of morale in a state that is transmitted to many parliamentarians. • Suffice it to say that the state encourages a national vice where it earns 9 billion and spends almost 7 to treat the gambling addicts that the state itself has created. • And the state also makes us an incessant publicity that has also moved to the internet, therefore tax-free and without any protection of minors. The gambling state Cigarette advertising has been banned. Gambling is free and the state also spends our money on it which deceives the poor with false and shamefully misleading messages. And so 12% of the expenses of Italian families are burned in a criminal activity that equates the state to a gambling den. With the probable aggravating circumvention of incapacity. Here we are talking about our State, the one in which we live, the one in which we pay taxes, the one that to encourage the vice lottery and lottery tax with the same rate of milk. The disease called ludopathy Gambling disease is called ludopathy and the state feeds it: • Pathological gambling is one of the earliest forms of “drug-free addiction” that drives you to gamble money compulsively to experience the excitement of risk in a masochistic way. This is why it is said that those who are sick of gambling do not play to win, but to lose. • The State therefore manages an activity with a high risk of addiction. Like he’s selling cocaine. Internet evasion Open any internet page and, with the permission of the state, which does not obscure them, here are the online casinos where you can play real money. Already today, counting on the advantage of not paying taxes, the immense virtual casino of the Web, linked to banks in complacent countries, raises up enormous Italian resources. According to the estimate of the company Ficom Leisure, the gaming volume of online casinos, that is the gambling houses that escape the Italian tax system, is equal to 10 billion euros; half financial maneuver All tax free because the money is collected by foreign banks. Some data The second company in Italy, before Enel, is the gambling state. The Italians with approx. 90 billion, they spend 60% of what they spend on gaming. • Regular market: 88 billion • Irregular market: 100 billion • Regular appliances: 380,000 • Irregular appliances: 200 / 300,000 (tagged, ie disconnected from the grid) • Bingo halls: 255 (increasing) • Bingo hall attendants: about 1 million Workers: 150,000 employees. • State income statement: Taxes 9 billion – treatment for gambling addicts – advertising = 2 billion net • Is it worth it? The business chain In 2004, the State Monopolies entrusted ten concessionaires with the management of electronic machines, new slots in bars and tobacconists, and new generation videolottery in dedicated rooms. The ten concessionaires were responsible for running the telematic network with the obligation to ensure its operation. These companies installed the devices at the merchants. The dealers also served as debt collectors on behalf of the state. state monopolies and criticism The Monopolies have been subjected to stinging criticism for their work. The annual report of the National Anti-Mafia District Directorate writes: “One wonders how the Autonomous Administration of Monopolies has allowed the Italian State to become a partner of grnon-Italian groups so not very transparent and acted with great superficiality and without a thorough examination of the subjects who had submitted the application ». Behind some dealers, apart from the lobbies and some politicians, today there is also the underworld. Political lobbyists for games Behind the Monopolies there are the lobbyists who are in parliament and who have made possible, with their “legends” not only the expansion of the arcades near the schools, but in the meantime are backing decrees to put “slotmachine” close to the coffers of supermarkets. Here are the names of some parliamentarians or former members chosen by party secretaries, who in some way are directly or indirectly involved: Marco Milanese, Antonio Laboccetta, Gilberto Pichetto, Cinzia Bonfrisio, Antonio Fasson, Gianfranco Conte Crime enters the games Around the world of games revolve immense interests that are not always confessable: • Interests of the 10 concessionary companies, • The interests of parties that have “bet” a lot on games. • Interests of organized crime which sees a new gold mine in the machines. Since 2004, the year in which the Berlusconi government partially liberalizes gambling, slot machines have been connected to Monopolies via the computer network. But, for at least three years, 90% of the appliances are not connected to the network. (all good people including Italian dealers!) Crime enters In practice, the dealers collect almost everything in black for a long time and the financiers charge them with a fine of 90 billion euros. One of these companies, the most important with 30% of the market, is called Atlantis, whose owner is a certain Francesco Corallo on whom we will return. We are therefore in the presence of a bomb that does not explode because too many were interested in defusing it. the Court of Auditors in fact condemns the companies to pay “only” 2.5 billion euros. However, an important figure that the State is unable to collect because the legal battle, with appeals to the Lazio TAR and the Council of State, has produced its effects. Now we have dropped to 700 million and we do not know if they have been paid. concessionaires-banks-politicians Months go by, and silence falls on the maxi-evasion of slot machines. • The Patron of Atlantis, the largest concessionaire belongs to Francesco Corallo, son of the boss Gaetano sentenced to 8 years for criminal association, and has his back covered. • his legal representative in Italy is a politician: Amedeo Laboccetta, deputy of the PDL in the National Alliance share and, ironically, a member of the Parliamentary Anti-Mafia Commission. Dealerships-banks-politicians In Francesco Corallo’s Atlantis there is an offshore company that “owns” the famous apartment in Montecarlo (see later the Tulliani family). A man trusted by the minister Adolfo Urso of AN, president of Simest – financial company, would also have taken care of the Corallo affairs in Italy. It is no coincidence that the delegation for games in Berlusconi’s governments went to the men of An. One of the key seats of the State Monopolies had then gone to Gabriella Alemanno, sister of the mayor of Rome. Corallo, Ponzellini and the Tulliani Francesco Corallo was important: he had his men elected to Parliament, he invited the right arm of Giulio Tremonti, that is Milanese, to the Grand Prix of Monte Carlo, and had economic relations with the Tulliani family. But then the fate changes. In fact, Corallo ends up under investigation by the Prosecutor’s Office of Milan and with the name of Corallo also comes out Massimo Ponzellini, former president of Banca Popolare di Milano, arrested in May 2012 for criminal association and money laundering. Ponzellini had provided huge loans to Francesco Corallo’s companies without justification other than personal interest. Corallo and the Tulliani How does the relationship between Corallo and Tulliani emerge? During the searches at the Corallo home, documents were found that testify how Giancarlo Tulliani, Fini’s brother-in-law, opened an offshore company abroad together with the same Corallo trustee who owned the Montecarlo apartment. Corallo is a child of art. We remember the father sentenced to seven and a half years for criminal association and the man of Nitto Santapaola. Francesco Corallo has not denied the origins, but more cunningly he has always maintained close ties with the underworld, with politics and with the world of finance. The House of Montecarlo The history of the house: Initially, the Monte Carlo house was the property of the MSI as a legacy of a wealthy countess. Fini, who had the powers of AN, would have sold it to a company for 300 thousand euros (very below cost) The truth was that the house had been sold to a company in Corallo who had sold it in silence to Tulliani’s brother ( a copy of the passport was also found in the deed of saleby Elisabetta Tulliani). Fini has perjured not to know anything until the truth emerged with something more. The Tullians destroy Fini Fini under accusation had scoffed. “I was a jerk. Do you think it’s nice at 65 to admit to being a jerk?”, He said in an interview with Fatto Quotidiano, claiming, however, that he was “never corrupt”. Two months after those words, however, the guarantee notice for Gianfranco Fini arrives. The former Speaker of the Chamber is being investigated for money laundering as part of the investigation that led the financial police to seize assets for 5 million euros from the Tulliani family of which Fini belongs. The Tullians destroy Fini The registration in the register of suspects of the former leader of An takes place in the context of searches against Sergio and Giancarlo Tulliani carried out in December 2016. The bank and financial investigations on the relationships in the name of the Tulliani family would have brought to light new recycling, reuse and self-laundering put in place by the Tulliani and by Gianfranco Fini himself. . “I have full confidence in the work of the judiciary, yesterday as today,” said Fini, commenting on the investigation against him. It seems the last comment of a desperate man because the evidence against him would be many and perhaps too many for a politician like him who made honesty a virtue. The Tullians destroy Fini Parallel investigation starts from the prosecutor of Rome who had put a point on the story of the house in Montecarlo. For the prosecutors in Rome, in fact, the house in the Principality was bought in 2008 for 330 thousand euros by a foreign company attributable to his wife Elisabetta Tulliani. And to pay for the house (later resold in November 2015 for one million and 400 thousand euros) was the king of slot machines Francesco Corallo, arrested on December 13 along with four people, including the former senator of An and Forza Italia, Amedeo Laboccetta. The Tullians destroy Fini Arrests arrived at the end of the investigation into Atlantis, the state’s main concessionaire for slot machines. In practice, Atlantis handed over the money to an offshore company, which instead had to be paid to the state. The seizure of assets from the Tulliani family stems from an offshoot of that same investigation. For the investigators Francesco Corallo destined part of that money, appropriately laundered, to the Tulliani family. It remains to be seen why, but it is not difficult to guess. If Tulliani had not been Fini’s wife, why would Corallo have given so much money? The Tullians eventually recycle 7 Ml Here’s the icing: a recycling round of over 7 million euros. According to the financial police, this is the amount of illicit profits accumulated by the Tulliani family. The financiers have seized assets for 5 million euros from them. Fini was given not only a notice of guarantee, but the registration in the register of suspects. The banking and financial investigations on the relationships in the name of the Tulliani family, would have brought to light new crimes of money laundering, reuse and self-laundering put in place by Sergio, Giancarlo, Elisabetta Tulliani and Gianfranco Fini. The sunset of Fini But there is one name, in particular, to make the story disturbing: that of Francesco Corallo Fini, according to investigators, would have forged ties with Corallo before meeting Elisabetta Tulliani. In fact, he appears to have been her guest before he met her. At this point a doubt arises: is it Fini involving Tulliani – which Santarella was not – or is it Tulliani who bewitches Fini to the point of making him a page of him and his brother? The question will remain unanswered. However, the damage to the public coffers caused by Fini’s interventions in favor of the Corallo companies are accounted for at 63 million. The sunset of Fini The indictment also states that “the birthday of the first daughter of Gianfranco Fini and Elisabetta Tulliani took place at the Montecitorio apartment reserved for the President of the Chamber with the participation of Corallo and his partner”. What debt of gratitude “obliged” Fini and his wife to expose themselves so clearly? To repay the Montecarlo apartment of which the Tullians had become owners and which they kept hidden as well as other donations? The Tullians, however, continued to conceal the property until, with the sale in October 2015, the profit corresponding to the real value of the property was made, approx. 1.6 mil. (other than 330 thousand) And Fini could not fail to know. This is how one of our best politicians ends up.
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