ROME – Around €150 million of assets have been confiscated from a suspected Sicilian mafia boss, Italian police announced on Friday.
The assets consisted of companies and real estate which were seized from businessman Andrea Impastato, who is suspected of being involved in the Cosa Nostra and an ally of its former boss Bernardo Provenzano.
The prosecutor’s office of the city of Palermo in southern Italy ordered the raid after an investigation into activities carried out by Impastato, 72, who is believed to have maintained links to the criminal organization.
Italian police said in a statement that he had created an “economic empire” that consisted of numerous companies in the construction, transport and tourism sectors and which he ruled through a squad of figureheads and trusted men.
Among his real estate assets was a tourist complex in the popular holiday town of San Vito lo Capo.
Impastato has long been suspected of being involved in the Sicilian gangster dynasty, according to police.
He is the son of Giacomo Impastato, known as “U Sinnaccheddu” the leader of the Cinisi clan, and his brother was shot dead in a skirmish in Palermo in September 1981.
Investigators discovered that in the past he had contact with important representatives of Cosa Nostra.
His connections included Bernardo Provenzano, the “capo de capi” (boss of bosses), an Italian mobster and chief of the Sicilian Mafia clan known as the Corleonesi who died in 2016.
He is also said to have had links with Salvatore Lo Piccolo, known as “il Barone” (the Baron), a Sicilian mafioso and one of the most powerful bosses in Palermo who is serving a life sentence in jail.
Impastato was arrested in 2002 for criminal collaboration and in June 2005 he was sentenced to four years in prison and another year on probation.
He is currently at large, according to police sources.
The Sicilian mafia is an organized crime syndicate originating in the region of Sicily that dates back to the 19th century.
Its main activities are protection racketeering, arbitration of disputes between criminals and organizing and overseeing illegal agreements and transactions.