The Italian Connection

Vardi, Nathan
December 2007
Forbes Asia;12/10/2007, Vol. 3 Issue 21, p32
The article traces the historical events that led to the corruption scandal in Rome, Italy which involved the bribery of public officials and the parking of illicit funds in the U.S., in potential violation of U.S. banking laws. The story begins in 1990 with the death of businessman Angelo Rovelli. After suing the bank Istituto Mobiliare Italiano for causing the liquidation of his chemicals firm, he won a huge settlement. Turns out, though, that he had instructed his widow and sole heir, Primarosa Battistella, to pay off lawyers who bribed the judge.


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