Surprise! Mafia Heavily Involved With “Green” Energy In Italy

Would anyone be surprised if this was happening all over, at least in terms of organized criminal syndicates?

(Washington Post)  Inside a midnight-blue BMW, a Sicilian entrepreneur delivered his pitch to the accused mafia boss. A new business was blowing into Italy that could spin wind and sunlight into gold, ensuring the future of the Earth as well as the Cosa Nostra: renewable energy.

“Uncle Vincenzo,” implored the businessman, Angelo Salvatore, using a term of affection for the alleged head of Sicily’s Gimbellina crime family, 79-year-old Vincenzo Funari. According to a transcript of their wiretapped conversation, Salvatore continued, “for the love of our sons, renewable energy is important. . . . it’s a business we can live on.”

And for quite awhile, Italian prosecutors say, they did. In an unfolding plot that is part “The Sopranos,” part “An Inconvenient Truth,” authorities swept across Sicily last month in the latest wave of sting operations revealing years of deep infiltration into the renewable energy sector by Italy’s rapidly modernizing crime families.

Shockingly, much of this revolves around the massive taxpayer funded subsidies readily available and ripe for fraud. And a good way for organized crime to launder their money, BTW.

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Comment by Gumball_Brains
2013-01-23 11:20:32

Color me shocked.

(the color by the way is green) (see what I did there?)

Comment by john
2013-01-23 13:39:36

plenty of money in green energy even the mafia knows that. Of course the Mafia is a very conservative group who have usually favored voting conservative. They too hates them liberals !1

Comment by William Teach
2013-01-23 14:28:39

The Mafia Lovelace liberals, since liberals are easy marks.

Comment by Brian
2013-01-24 00:26:53

I don’t get it. What am I missing?
This story is satirical, right?

Comment by Gumball_Brains
2013-01-24 10:14:37

This story is satirical, right?

Sadly no. It shows how the rush to push “green” energy has easily led to corruption and the active involvement of people of less than desirable qualities. When there are no checks and balances corruption and cronyism runs rife. And all at the taxpayer’s expense.

Comment by Brian
2013-01-24 11:04:05

You don’t need to mention the inclusion of the Sicilian mafia in that racket to make that point.

The corruption began right here at home and in our own U. S. Congress.

A large part of what was supposed to have been bailout money paid to Solyndra actually reimbursed Dmocrat stockholders like Nancy Pelosi for their losses when Solyndra was going bankrupt.

From conception, it was a scam to rip-off taxpayers, orchestrated by sleazy, prominent Democrats like that scumbag, Pelosi.

Comment by Pete Parks (DE)
2013-01-24 15:16:03

It’s all a scam. I work for a paving company. Last year we were doing a Leed project. I filled out the paperwork stating the Asphalt we use is imported from Canada. They went ape shit as all Leed projects are to be supplied with products produced within 500 miles. So it finally went down to where the asphalt is picked up from which is Philly. That made them very happy. Just like chicken comes from the grocery store.


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