Six people from a business group involved in migrant reception in Naples have been placed under investigation. The police probe found that the migrants 'received' were living in very poor conditions, with no bathroom facilities and walls of cardboard inside rooms carved out of a large hall.
Following an investigation, the Financial Police (Guardia di Finanza) in Italy's southern city of Naples on March 18 preventatively seized assets of over 1.5 million euros between Naples and Giugliano in the Campania region.
The probe found that migrants hosted in facilities that were registered officially as a 'banquet hall' had no bathroom facilities, toilets propped up against a wall and not connected to a sewer system, and were sleeping in 'rooms' with cardboard walls.
Enterpreneurs investigated for fraud
The six placed under investigation are part of a business group that is dealing in migrant reception in the Domizio seafront area.
Investigators said that the hotel and tourism sector entrepreneurs were allowed to take part in the bidding for contracts only because of fraudulent expert appraisals.
The probe began after a report following one of many protests staged by migrants from the place with the purpose of making others aware of the conditions they were forced to live in.
The Naples prosecutor's office has charged the entrepreneurs, well known for their manifold commercial interests in the restaurant and hotel and tourism sectors, with illegal bid rigging and aggravated fraud in public contracts.