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Tax office in Italy secretly used tax money on private planes, parties and yachts

October 3, 2012

Italian police arrested the head of a tax collection agency in Genoa and four employees on Wednesday on charges of pocketing around €100m (£80m) from the money they gathered and spending it on private planes, parties and yachts

Ever wondered where the tax money goes ?, well now you know, the tax collectors seems to have a good time.  Most likely this goes on in most other countries as well.

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Tributi Italia (Italy Taxes) collected local taxes under contract for 400 town councils, but finance police in the northern city of Genoa (pictured) said the agency’s boss, Giuseppe Saggese, set up a system to siphon funds into the agency’s own bank accounts.  Source: The Telegraph

According to the Telegraph: The news will infuriate Italians who have had to dig deep to pay higher taxes, imposed to rein in the country’s massive debt, while watching a succession of scandals involving the misuse of public funds.

Tributi Italia (Italy Taxes) collected local taxes under contract for 400 town councils, but finance police in the northern city of Genoa said the agency’s boss, Giuseppe Saggese, set up a system to siphon funds into the agency’s own bank accounts.

The money was used to pay for “private planes, yachts, expensive cars, luxury holidays, extravagant parties and music concerts,” said prosecutor Franco Cozzi in a statement. Mr Saggese himself pocketed at least €20m, it added.

Mario Monti’s technocrat government is trying to crack down on tax evasion. Resulting tough measures adopted by collection agencies have created widespread resentment.

The president of the regional government of Lazio resigned last month over a case involving embezzlement of party funds and members of the Campania, Lombardy and Calabria governments are also under investigation for misuse of public money.

See the full story in the Telegraph here.

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