Even the mob is going green these days.
Italian mafia gangs have reportedly muscled their way into lucrative wind farm construction deals.
With European subsidies making wind power a hugely profitable business, the omerta guys have gone PC by weaseling their way into projects across Sicily and in several projects on the mainland.
A prosecution investigation dubbed “Operation Wind” revealed mob promises of money and votes for local politicians in exchange for help in approving wind farm projects.
Several mob-linked wind projects later were found to be poorly built, and some are now off-line.
“This is the amazing thing, that developers got public money to build wind farms which did not produce electricity,” Roberto Scarpinato, a veteran anti-Mafia prosecutor in Sicily, told the Financial Times newspaper.
An earlier investigation into a wind power fraud case in western Sicily resulted in eight arrests in February.
Italy is No. 4 in Europe in wind production, a key eco-friendly power source.
It guarantees sky-high rates of $240 per kilowatt hour, virtually assuring operators of fat profits, the newspaper said.
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