And, indeed, according to judicial and journalistic investigations, organized crime has managed to slip into the reconstruction efforts in the two regions, specifically in the tasks of removal and transportation of rubble, swarming the streets of the destroyed towns with trucks. In the past years in Emilia, the Anti-Mafia task force and the joint investigation teams have denounced the proximity of some construction companies to the ‘Ndrangheta, the Calabrian mob, and in particular with the Crotone group.
For this reason, some companies, including important ones, have been banned from the White List, the register of suppliers and subcontractors for reconstruction, because of the “underlying and present danger of mafia infiltration.”
In Abruzzo, a year after the tragedy, Libera published a dossier on “shady deals on the rubble, the plots, the ties between the administrations and the mafias, the assignments to the gangs — in a few words, all the illegal activities after the earthquake” on a journey “across the deals made on the dead and among sand buildings, on small and large contracts, driven in the name of and endless emergency.” Pages signed by the representative of Abruzzo at the association, Angelo Venti, focusing on the “mystery of the missing debris, the thriller of seismic isolators that did not meet regulations, the costs housing demanded by Berlusconi.”
Later, after inquiries and interventions, it turned out that the Casalesi, thanks to some builders, were doing businesses in the capital of Abruzzo.
A few days ago, as a result of arrests of members of the ‘Ndrangheta group Ferrazzo in different regions, the national anti-mafia prosecutor Franco Roberti sounded the alarm from L’Aquila in reference to the reconstruction of areas hit by the earthquake on Aug. 24. He said: “So, we must make reference to the CRASI model [an Italian acronym of Research and Analysis Center for Investigative Development]. By cross-referencing the data collected from various sources, the CRASI model allows to check for possible links between criminal elements who want to enter the reconstruction program. It must be prevented at a critical time, the most dangerous of all the direct assignments of utmost urgent measures: contracts to dispose of and remove debris, install shoring, and provide brokerage services and labor.”