Mafia joins forces with green taliban

Perfect bed partners, the Mafia hooks up with the Green Taliban to rip us all off.  Report from Al Jazeera no less.

With generous grants and tax breaks offered by nearly every European nation, the green energy market is appealing to entrepreneurs across the continent.

Not all of those investors have the future of the planet in mind, however, when they begin investing in alternative energy.

Italy’s organised crime groups (OCG), the Mafia so often glorified in TV and film, are taking advantage of the surging popularity in environmental investment, and using it to their benefit. 

In a recent report released by Europol – the EU’s law enforcement agency – the threat posed by the Italian Mafia is described as “unparalleled by any other European OCG”.

Green energy along with the Internet were identified as emerging trends when it comes to organised crime activities.

“There are increasing reports of Italian OCGs engaging in the so-called ‘Alternative or Green Energy’ market, for example investments in wind energy farms,” the Europol report states.

As well as a means of making a profit, green energy businesses are also being used as a money-laundering front.

“Such projects offer attractive opportunities to benefit from generous … grant and tax subsidies, but apart from effectively exploiting eco-friendly incentives for their financial gain, they also create possibilities to launder proceeds of crime via legal business structures.”

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