Migrants in a CAS reception centre in Italy | Photo: ANSA/Orietta Scardino
Migrants in a CAS reception centre in Italy | Photo: ANSA/Orietta Scardino

Three people are under investigation in Ferrara, Italy. They allegedly alerted the directors of migrant reception centers in the province when inspections were scheduled to take place and turned a blind eye to irregularities.

The three suspects are two employees with the social services agency (ASP) of Ferrara, Valentina M. and Alberto D., and Ferrara deputy prefect Vincenzo M. They are under investigation for suspected abuse of office as part of a probe by the attorney general's office and the finance police into migrant reception centers (CAS) in the northern Italian province of Ferrara. 


The attorney general's office has called for the suspects to be suspended from their work responsibilities as public officials as a precautionary measure. 

Inspectors allegedly turned blind eye to irregularities

The attorney general's office and the finance police wiretapped phone conversations between the suspects and center directors.  The three suspects told center directors they were coming the next day and gave specific instructions on what they should do to prepare for the checks.

Those under investigation are also accused of having turned a blind eye to some incorrect behaviors by those managing the reception centers. Instead of taking measures against the irregularities, such as revocations or more in-depth inspections, the inspectors allegedly let things slide. 

Probe linked to a prior investigation in December 

The investigation, which has been going on for more than a year, is connected to another probe that started in December with inspections in all CAS structures in the province of Ferrara. 

A total of sixteen cooperatives and organisations were investigated, along with their directors, for alleged irregularities in financial reporting and fraud. A statute of limitations applied in the cases of 12 of the centers, but four others are still being investigated, along with their respective directors. 
 

More articles