Crotone, fraud on efficiency works at the court: the four defendants acquitted


By John

Acquitted “because the fact does not exist”. Today, the Court of Crotone cleared the four defendants, including entrepreneurs and technicians, involved in the trial resulting from the investigation by the Prosecutor's Office which hypothesized a scam carried out by the company “Calabretta snc di Calabretta Salvatore e Figli” to secure funding from the Region for the works for the energy efficiency of the Crotone Palace of Justice. Mauro Calabretta and Gianluca Calabretta, respectively administrator and technical director of the company, the works director Vincenzo Capozza and the test driver Salvatore Frontera, were accused of aggravated fraud and false ideology. The story dates back to 2015, when the Municipality of Crotone assigned to the company the interventions – amounting to 791,404.03 euros – which had been provided by the Citadel of Catanzaro. According to an initial assessment by the investigators, the defendants would have “falsely” certified, from time to time, “the punctual” completion of the works “in a workmanlike manner”. To the point of making investigators believe that the works would have been completed incompletely and irregularly, so as to allow the company to unduly collect the regional allocation. An accusatory thesis which however collapsed during the hearing. Judge Chiara Daminelli, accepting the defense lawyers' argument, in fact ruled that the contract had been completed “in a workmanlike manner” also through the carrying out of further works which in the first instance were not part of the assignment. This is how Mauro Calabretta commented on the acquittal: “I am extremely satisfied that justice, taking its course, has established the non-existence of the facts unjustly accused of me, but I cannot express my regret for the eight long years spent waiting for the definition of the trial against me”. And finally: “A trial for which 5 minutes and the necessary investigations would have been enough to understand that the disputed facts were devoid of any foundation.” The defendants were defended by lawyers Tiziano Saporito, Mario Nigro and Fabrizio Pontieri. The Municipality of Crotone, as a civil party, was assisted by the lawyer Maria Vincenza Corigliano.