A relative of fugitive Cosa Nostra boss of bosses Matteo Messina Denaro was arrested yesterday along with five others in police operation “Bloody Money” targeting a medical fraud in which dialysis patients are rerouted from public to private facilities.
The relative in question is 55-year-old Francesco Messina Denaro, the Sicily-based purchaser for Diaverum Italia Srl, a company that manages dialysis centers. He is related to the Mafia boss via his grandfather Francesco, who was brother to Messina Denaro’s grandfather Salvatore.
Diaverum, the parent company of Diaverum Italia Srl, operates in twenty countries, employs 9,000 people, handles 29,000 patients, and has a turnover of over €580 million euros. Each patient is worth €40,000 a year.
The arrest comes little over a week after Messina Denaro’s sister was sentenced to over 14 years in prison for Mafia crimes. Authorities are trying to isolate the mob boss who has been on the run from justice since 1993 and is one of Europe’s most wanted fugitives. By going after his relatives and those closest to him, police hope to bring Messina Denaro out into the open and within reach.
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