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Italian police arrest businessmen accused of fuel fraud from Libya

The Address | Benghazi – Libya

VARESE – Italian police arrested a man along with four other collaborators following an investigation into fuel distribution fraud. The man, who is the manager of Xcel Petroleum among other companies, is accused of self-laundering and concealment of accounting documentation. The man had set up a turn of false invoices to avoid paying value added tax on 350 million liters of gasoline.

The fuel came from Libya and arrived in Italy through tankers of a ship owner with citizenship in Malta . The latter was already arrested, in October 2017, by the District Anti-Mafia Directorate of Catania. Goods and diesel were seized from the suspects for a total of 55 million euros .