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Italian Police seized 100 mafiosi.

Europe European Security News .- ITALY-CRIME-MAFIA-ARRESTS (Photo credit to ANDREAS SOLARO/AFP/Getty Images)

Europe European Security News .- ITALY-CRIME-MAFIA-ARRESTS (Photo credit to ANDREAS SOLARO/AFP/Getty Images)

A mafia “familiy” in southern Italy staged hundreds of fake car crashes every year in order to get millions of euros in insurance payouts. The money was used to buy drugs and weapons, Italian police said on Friday.

The insurance fraud was just one of the charges against 100 people arrested in dawn raids by police on Friday in the Calabrian city of Lamezia Terme, near the “toe” of Italy.

 

The mafia clan had a criminal structure with local insurers, doctors, lawyers and auto body repairers. Some of them were on the payroll to pull off the fraud which earned the mafiosi gang well over a million euros ($1.3 million) a year, Police said. Police seized assets worth 1.2 million euros.

 

The defrauded insurer was a local branch of Zurich Insurance Group, which operated independently, under licence from the head office in Switzerland.

 

“Zurich does not comment on ongoing investigations and legal proceedings,” the Swiss group said in an email.