Financial police chief faces corruption probe

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On Wednesday morning police searched General Vito Bardi's offices at the financial police's headquarters in Rome. Photo: Guardia di Finanza
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Investigators on Wednesday began searching the offices of the second-highest chief of Italy’s financial police as part of a probe into alleged corruption within the force that has also led to the arrest of a police commander.

General Vito Bardi, the financial police's (Guardia di Finanza) second in command, was on Wednesday at the centre of a criminal investigation into alleged corruption within the law enforcement agency.

On Wednesday morning police searched the general’s offices at the Financial Guard’s headquarters in Rome. Earlier today Fabio Massimo Mendella, a financial police commander in the western city of Livorno, was arrested as part of the investigation.

According to Corriere della Sera, Mendella is accused of having received €1 million for rigging tax audits for companies while working for the force in Naples.

A Neapolitan accountant, Pietro de Riu, has also been arrested for taking bribes from people who wanted to avoid tax inspections from Mendella.

Bardi is suspected of having received part of this sum as well as presents and favours.

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The investigation is being conducted by the public prosecutor’s office in Naples.

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