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Italian woman in Vatican financial scandal investigation arrested

Italian woman in Vatican financial scandal investigation arrested

ROME (Reuters) – A 39-year-old Italian woman was arrested on Tuesday in connection with the Vatican’s latest financial scandal, police said.



Giovanni Angelo Becciu wearing a suit and tie smiling and looking at the camera: FILE PHOTO: Cardinal Giovanni Angelo Becciu speaks to the media in Rome


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FILE PHOTO: Cardinal Giovanni Angelo Becciu speaks to the media in Rome

Cecilia Marogna had worked for Cardinal Angelo Becciu, a top Vatican official who was fired by Pope Francis last month and accused of embezzlement and nepotism. Becciu has denied all

wrongdoing.

An Italian finance police official told Reuters Marogna was arrested in Milan. Italian media reports said she was arrested under an international warrant issued by Vatican magistrates.

In recent days, Italian media have run interviews in which Marogna said she had received 500,000 euros ($587,350) from Becciu to run a “parallel diplomacy” to help missionaries in conflict zones. She has denied wrongdoing in the interviews.

Her purported work for the Vatican’s Secretariat of State, where Becciu held the number two position until 2018, was not previously known.

Becciu’s lawyer Fabio Viglione, has said the cardinal knew Marogna but that his dealings with her had been “exclusively about institutional matters”.

Marogna, who like Becciu is from Sardinia, has said that the funds she allegedly received from Becciu went through a company she started in Slovenia.

(Reporting by Philip Pullella; Editing by Mark Heinrich)

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Haryana Man Fakes Death To Get Insurance Money, Arrested Later: Police

Haryana Man Fakes Death To Get Insurance Money, Arrested Later: Police

Haryana Man Fakes Death To Get Insurance Money, Arrested Later: Police

Hansi police are further investigating the matter (Representational)

Hansi:

A businessman was arrested for allegedly faking his death to get an insurance amount of Rs 1.6 crores, according to Hansi Police on Saturday.

The main accused Rammehar, hailing from Datta village in Hissar, had allegedly fabricated a story of his own death to receive the insurance money, informed Hansi police.

“On October 6, past midnight at 12.05 am, the station manager in Hansi was informed that two motorcycles and a car were chasing Rammehar on Mahajat road. Going from Bhatla to Mahajat Road, we saw a car and a charred body inside it, and at the same time, Rammehar’s family members also reached the spot,” said Lockender Singh, Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP).

He further said, “The police recovered the vehicle and transported the body to the hospital for postmortem. The investigation revealed a clear fabrication of the incident which Rammehar conspired on his own.”

The Hansi police have found two insurance policies – Rs 1,10,00,000 from State Bank of India and Rs 50,00,000 from Life Insurance Corporation, under his name. The investigation in this regard is underway, police said.

The police said Ramemehar was not dead and after further investigation, the police arrested him from Bilaspur. Based on the details, it was revealed that Rammehar himself had executed the incident. Police are finding out whether somebody else was part of the conspiracy.

Rammehar has passed highschool and owns about 15 acres of land.

Hansi police are further investigating the matter. 

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