Italian Mafia Cash In On Lucrative EU Wind Farm Handouts

09/07/2010 09:33 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011
  • Nick Squires in Trapani, Sicily, and Nick Meo Telegraph

For all their promises of a clean, green future, Italy's windfarms have now acquired a somewhat dirtier whiff - as the latest industry to be infiltrated by the country's mobsters.

Attracted by the prospect of generous grants designed to boost the use of alternative energies, the so-called "eco Mafia" has begun fraudulently creaming off millions of euros from both the Italian government and the European Union.

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