I was looking for leaders but I soon realized that leadership means to be the first one to act – Edward Snowden
Our research so far has showed that the presence of Italian mafias in the UK is usually economic rather than physical. Three sectors seem to be of particular interest for their money laundering activities: finance, real estate and restaurants.
MAFIAS IN THE UK
The Italian crime syndicates in the UK do not work independently, they count on “white collars” such as lawyers, bankers and proxies.
For over a year IRPI reporters have been digging into the ramifications of Italian organized crime groups in the UK. A favourite destination for money laundering, the country – and its capital London, in particular – have attracted millions in dirty euros resulting from drug trafficking or extortion. Little is known about these criminal operations, but IRPI is starting to break down the wall of silence.
We are investigating the presence of Italian Mafia in the United Kingdom. Got a confidential tip? Get in touch with us anonymously.
Our ongoing investigation has produced concrete results so far: last summer we revealed how a Camorra money launderer exploited London’s financial credibility, and its weak oversight, to move Naples clans’ fortunes all over the globe.
Earlier, we had tracked the footprints of Massimo Carminati, ‘boss’ of Rome’s Mafia Capitale, in the highly profitable real estate world of the UK capital.
But our work is far from complete and your help might be crucial for future stories.
What are we looking for?
Our research so far has showed that the presence of Italian mafias in the UK is usually economic rather than physical. Three sectors seem to be of particular interest for their money laundering activities: finance, real estate and restaurants. Mafia men do not tend to work independently but rely on highly-skilled white-collars – lawyers, bankers, nominees.
If you have come across any dodgy deal, dubious transaction or inexplicable cash flow involving Italians in your area of work, we want to hear from you.
We highly recommend sending tips which include evidence and documentation, as we do not publish speculation or hearsay.