To the 55-year-old entrepreneur Squecco Roberto, of Capaccio Paestum, a municipality in the province of Salerno, assets and corporate structures for 16 million euros were confiscated. The confiscation was ordered by the court of Salerno, at the compliant request of the Public Prosecutor’s Office, District Anti-Mafia Directorate. The measure was carried out by the anti-crime division of the Salerno police headquarters and by the central anti-crime service of the state police.
Roberto Squecco was released into freedom in May
The entrepreneur, already convicted of crimes committed to favor the Camorra clan Marandino, in January he was subjected to a precautionary custody order in prison for the crimes of fictitious registration of assets, embezzlement, interruption of public service, personal aiding and abetting, issuing of invoices for non-existent operations, invasion of land and buildings, money laundering , disturbed freedom of enchantments, abuse of office and more, together with 10 other suspects. At the same time as the execution of the personal precautionary measures, a seizure decree of the same assets then subjected to confiscation was carried out against Squecco, according to a contrast strategy of the Public Prosecutor of Salerno, which provides for an innovative operating model, characterized by parallel carrying out of criminal investigations and anti-mafia prevention.
The execution of the confiscation order, also extended to some assets located in Romania, involved, for the first time in our country, the activation of the procedure introduced by the new Regulation (EU) 2018/1805 of the European Parliament and of the Council of November 14, 2018 (entered into force on December 19, 2020), for the mutual recognition of freezing and confiscation orders. The court of Salerno has recognized in relation to Squecco manifestations of social dangerousness is “qualified” – as suspected of belonging to the associations referred to in art. 416 bis of the Criminal Code (specifically to the “Marandino” clan) and of the crime referred to in Article 512 bis of the Criminal Code (fraudulent transfer of values) – which is “generic”, as a person who habitually lives with the proceeds of criminal activities.
Considered a socially dangerous subject since the second half of the 90s. Complaints for fraud, receiving stolen goods, violation of tax regulations, trafficking in cloned cards, as well as the diversion of assets and capital carried out to the detriment of the creditors of the managed companies, formally or de facto and then declared bankrupt, date back to that period. The latter conducts for which Squecco has accumulated a huge illicit capital, of over 3 million euros, subsequently reinvested in various business sectors, and for which he has received two convictions for fraudulent bankruptcy. The provision also highlighted that in the years 2012-2014, the Salerno entrepreneur also manifested a qualified social danger, deriving from belonging to the Marandino clan. In 2014 he was arrested for participation in a Camorra association headed by Giovanni Marandino and attempted aggravated extortion, and subsequently convicted of these facts.
It is also noted that Squecco, despite the numerous and incisive judicial and administrative measures, such as anti-mafia measures concerning his person and his economic activities, did not change his conduct, repeating the same offenses.
Camorra, monopoly in funeral honors
Also thanks to the reinvestment of the proceeds of tax offenses, Squecco has, in fact, continued to maintain the monopoly in the services of funeral honors and public aid in the municipalities of Agropoli, Acerno, Capaccio, through the creation of new associations and companies in the name of nominees or by infiltrating third-party companies already active, in order to exploit, in a hidden manner, the means and licenses of others , achieving, however, a notable enrichment; from this last point of view, the complex system of invoicing for non-existent operations carried out by the aforementioned, through paper companies operating in the healthcare sector, is also stigmatized, which yielded, in the 2017/2019 period alone, revenues of approximately 1 million euros, subsequently laundered in the coffers of non-profit organizations referable to Squecco and distracted for personal purposes or to create supplies of cash.
The economic-financial investigations have documented how Squecco reinvested the sums illegally acquired with the two important and dating back fraudulent bankruptcies, carrying out various commercial operations, among which the following stand out for their particular importance: firstly, the purchase, through Pianeta Paestum Srl, of 12 land located in Capaccio (SA), with an extension of approximately 18 hectares, for the declared amount of 1,600. 000,000 of the old lire, whose current value, on the basis of the relative urban destination and the exploitation potential that distinguish them, is estimated at about 15 million euros; among the various projects that involved the aforementioned lands, as well as other neighboring plots, there was that of creating a thematic amusement park, with the intervention of the municipal administrations of Capaccio and Agropoli; secondly, the establishment of two corporate groups in Romania, active in the production and sale of dairy products, registered between 2002 and 2009, owners of properties in that country.
In light of the elements exposed, as well as the investigations through a specific request by the Rogatory Commission to the competent Romanian Authorities, the court ordered the confiscation of a company based in Italy, 2 rescue associations, 26 vehicles, 7 bank current accounts, 12 land sites in Capaccio – Paestum (SA), 1 piece of land located in Zimbor – Romania, for an estimated total value of about 16 million euros, also applying the measure of prevention of the special surveillance of public security with obligation to stay for the duration of three years.