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The curious case of the ‘paper’ DVD maker

November 30, 2010 Leave a comment

By Guy Dinmore and Annamarie Cumiskey, published: November 30 2010

On the face of it, the investigation into Digitaleco, an Italian company that received more than €3m ($3.9m) of European funding to produce DVDs, seemed a straightforward case of suspected fraud, with Italian prosecutors claiming it was a “paper” outfit that failed to produce anything.

But after years of combined Italian-EU investigations, the case is far from closed. No one has been charged and not a cent has been refunded to the EU – notwithstanding police action stretching from Italy’s southern region of Calabria to Rome, an internal Brussels inquiry into possible abuse of power by two Italian officials, and raids on an office in the European Parliament in Strasbourg and factories in France. Read more…