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Italian police arrest woman in Vatican financial scandal

Italian police arrest woman in Vatican financial scandal

A woman who has said she was given hundreds of thousands of euros by a powerful Vatican cardinal to conduct secret intelligence missions for the Holy See in Africa has been arrested by Italy’s financial police.

Cecilia Marogna, 39, was arrested on Tuesday evening in Milan after an international warrant was issued against her by Vatican protectors, according to multiple reports in the Italian press.

The arrest is believed to be the first time the Vatican has ever issued an international arrest warrant through Interpol, and is part of an ongoing criminal investigation into the past financial dealings of officials working inside the Secretariat of State, the Holy See’s central administration office.

Earlier this month Ms Marogna responded to reports that Vatican money had been transferred to a company she controlled in Slovenia by Cardinal Giovanni Angelo Becciu. She told the Italian newspaper Domani that she was employed to establish “a network of high-level diplomatic relations for the Holy See” in Africa.

Details of the payments made to Ms Marogna emerged after Cardinal Becciu, one of the most powerful men in the Vatican who controlled the Secretariat’s finances from 2011 to 2018, was asked to resign by Pope Francis because of allegations against him that the cardinal described as “embezzlement”.

Cecilia Marogna © ROPI

Earlier this year a businessman was charged by the Vatican with various offences including embezzlement in connection with his role in helping a group of Secretariat officials acquire outright a London luxury property development in which Cardinal Becciu had overseen the acquisition of a minority stake in 2014.

Holy See police have conducted several raids on offices and residences inside the Vatican, and several members of staff have been suspended as the investigation continues.

Cardinal Becciu has denied any wrongdoing, has not been charged with any

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Creative theft attempt fails at Portage store, lands shopper behind bars, police say | Crime and Courts

Creative theft attempt fails at Portage store, lands shopper behind bars, police say | Crime and Courts

Alexandria Rodriguez

Alexandria Rodriguez

PORTAGE — A 32-year-old woman faces a felony count of theft after allegedly grabbing a child’s car seat and toy organizer from the shelf at the local Walmart store, returning the two items as though she had purchased them and then using an in-store credit to obtain three other items, police said.

Alexandria Rodriguez, who is listed as being both from Gary and Jackson Township in Porter County, denied the accusations and said there was confusion over an older car seat she was attempting to return, according to Portage police.

Police said they were called to the store shortly after 5 p.m. Monday and found Rodriguez excited and difficult to understand.

A man with Rodriguez said they were not at the store to return a car seat and he had no idea what she had been up to, police said.

Rodriquez was reportedly uncooperative during her arrest, collapsed to her knees and began yelling that officers threw her to the ground while she was pregnant, according to police. A pregnancy test at the jail returned negative, police said.

She faces a charge of theft with a prior conviction, according to the police report.

Gallery: Recent arrests booked into Porter County Jail

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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)


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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