Prosecutors from Romania’s Directorate for Investigating Organised Crime and Terrorism (DIICOT) detained on Thursday morning an Italian man with numerous businesses in Romania, on suspicion of money laundering and association for the purpose of committing mafia-type offenses.
Nicola Inquieto was detained as a result of a European arrest warrant issued by the Antimafia Directorate of the Naples Prosecutor’s Office.
Nicola Inquieto’s brother Giuseppe, who lives in Italy, was also detained.
According to Italian prosecutors, the two brothers belong to the Michele Zagaria faction of the Casalese mafia clan. Nicola Inquieto, who has been living for many years in Pitesti, built hundreds of apartments through his companies and owns a spa in Arges. His businesses are valued at several million euros. The two brothers are accused of participation in and association with organised crime.
According to Eurojust, Inquieto’s business was aimed at financing the Zagaria mafia clan and supporting members of the group in jail. He allegedly used fictitious transactions to repatriate laundered funds to Italy to sustain the numerous members of the criminal network already in prison. Funds were provided to the families of those in detention to prevent their cooperation with law enforcement and judicial authorities.
More than 50 members of the gang were arrested in 2011, when after a spectacular operation, the carabinieri managed to capture the leader of the group – Michele Zagaria, who had been on the run for 16 years.
The investigations lasted two years and were carried out by the authorities of Romania and Italy in cooperation with Interpol. Romanian and Italian prosecutors have collected hundreds of phone interceptions and thousands of bank documents. Prosecutors have seized the 400 apartments in Pitesti belonging to Nicola Inquieto’s companies.