The prosecutor of Rome has recently opened an investigation for illegal financing that sees three suspects: the leader of Italia viva Matteo Renzi, the manager of the stars Lucio Presta and his son Niccolò, administrator of Arcobaleno Tre (the latter two are also investigated for false invoicing). The suspicion of the prosecutors is that between Renzi and Presta there were fictitious contractual relationships that masked an alleged funding for politics. Under the lens a series of payments of 700 thousand euros made by Presta to Renzi between 2018 and 2019.
Analysis on Presta and son mobile phones
On 30 June, during the search of the «Arcobaleno Tre» company, the Finance Police seized five smartphones and five tablets and computers, a copy of which was made for analysis. And now the cell phones of Lucio Presta and his son Niccolò are in the studio. As Fiorenza Sarzanini explains in the Corriere della Sera, “they look for the chats and emails exchanged with Senator Matteo Renzi before the signing of the 700 thousand euro contracts received by the leader of Italia Viva. And also to check whether – as the investigators suspect – it was really He lends to inform Renzi that an investigation had been launched on them, after having received the “visit” of the financiers in the Rome office “.
The agreement between Renzi and the Presta. The suspect: money for the villa?
Corriere della Sera explains that “on July 31, 2018 Renzi signs two private deeds and thus sanctions the agreement for five episodes in which he will tell about Florence in my opinion. The first provides for a fee of 125 thousand euros gross: 75 thousand euros for the author and another 50 thousand for the transfer of all rights to use the works produced. The other has the same amount: 75 thousand for the activity of conductor and another 50 thousand for the transfer of image rights. Two months later, others arrive two contracts, each worth 75 thousand euros gross. In all, it makes 400 thousand euros for a product sold to Discovery Network “. The suspicion of the investigators is that this sum “was not justified by professional services but was used to give Renzi the money necessary to buy the villa where he now lives with his family. The money for the house, in fact, had been advanced by the entrepreneur’s mother. Riccardo Maestrelli – who had also financed the Open Foundation – and returned by Renzi just after having received the remuneration from Presta “.
The strange agreement of July 2018
But the agreement that raises more questions in the investigators is the one signed in July 2018 which entrusts the “Arcobaleno Tre” with the promotion of the senator’s image in Italy and abroad in the entertainment, television, cinema and theater sectors, writes Fiorenza Sarzanini . “So it should be Renzi who pays the Lenders for this activity, instead in the private writing there is a clause that sets the” obligations of the artist “and recognizes him 100 thousand euros. Another 200 thousand are given to him for two programs which, however, are never been made “. According to the Presta everything was regular, the investigators want to see clearly.