Italian Police Probe Pompeii Restoration Officials Over Corruption

Category: Media & Culture / Feb 05, 2013 3:01PM EDT
Italian police arrested a former restorer of the ancient city of Pompeii on Tuesday (February 5) and denounced five others in a corruption probe into the past administration of the site, prosecutors said. The case focuses on restoration work after the state's declaration of emergency at the treasured archaeological location. Marcello Fiori was appointed as special commissioner for the UNESCO World Heritage Site. Investigators say Fiori and the director of restoration at the time, Luigi D'Amora, awarded irregular contracts to restoration services company Caccavo and paid inflated prices for its work. They say the officials broke terms of the state of emergency, overspent on various restoration projects and agreed to unessential work. They have accused Fiori of abuse of office while D'Amora is being investigated for fraud to the detriment of the state. Police have put Caccavo official Annamaria Caccavo under house arrest and are probing her for aiding abuse of office, corrupting a public official and fraud. The company has been banned from doing business with public administration and police have preventatively seized 800,000 euros (1.081 million U.S. dollars) worth of its assets. Three engineers are also being investigated for fraud and corruption. Video Source: Reuters