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The 5-Star Movement, against the ropes for an economic fraud

Members of the Italian party did not return part of their salary to training, as they set their rules, causing a hole of 1.4 million euros

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The 5-Star Movement, against the ropes for an economic fraud

The 5-Star Movement faces its worst crisis just 20 days after Italian elections. The party, founded on idea of honesty and fight against corruption in Italian political formations, has discovered an accounting hole in its accounts of at least 1.4 million euros, caused by a massive fraud of some of its elected members. Ten of its politicians would have pretended to return some of money from ir public remuneration, as required by ir code of conduct, and y would have stayed through different tricks. The party has admitted cases, but still fails to encrypt exactly how far fraud arrives.

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The code of conduct of movement obliges to enter part of remuneration that y receive ir public offices to allocate it to social projects, creation of companies and management of own party, that does not receive public aid. At end of month, parliamentarians of movement transfer to a fund corresponding quota of ir salary and y take a photo with copy of transference. In this way y have collected 23 million euros that have served for different projects and that mark a substantial distance with rest of Italian formations, whose representatives perceive some of highest salaries in Europe.

However, TV show Le Iene unveiled that deputy Andrea Cecconi and Senator Carlo Martelli, both candidates for general election, had not complied with this rule and had falsified proof of return. Some of m took picture and n cancelled transfer. Ors, going something beyond scam, always published same receipt and changed date. The party will immediately suspend those affected as it continues to investigate scope of matter.

The formation founded by Beppe Grillo, to which all polls give as winner of next elections, with an estimate of about 28% of votes — coalition of centre would be placed ahead by adding strength of four parties —, it is At most critical moment of last five years. Imperturbable to its constituents throughout legislature, it has suffered during this campaign several setbacks that threaten its hegemony. A few days ago a candidate was discovered that pays only seven euros for rent of a public housing; Shortly reafter, an admiral who presented himself as a candidate when he was already with PD or a lawyer who had forgotten to declare his membership of Freemasonry, as required by Code of conduct of training.

However, scandal that is already known as Rimborsopoli is a qualitative leap in prestige of a political artifact based on critique of institutionalized catch of parties in Italy. Luigi Di Maio, his leader and candidate for Premier, has promised that y will cleanse and all those involved will be expelled. "Those people like Cecconi and Martelli have already set m apart. For ors we are carrying out verifications that are needed. We're proud of movement. We'll throw out rotten apples, "he announced. But party still ignores real dimension of accounting hole provoked by its own rascals.

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