TG with AFP – 2021-07-08T21:00:02.886+02:00
Disguised as priests, presenting themselves as intermediaries of the Vatican or of a fictitious Luxembourg financial company, the thugs tried to inspire confidence in their gullible prey, often owners of hotels or land, by offering them advantageous loans without taking any money. patrimonial guarantee. They would then disappear into the wild when a deal was finally struck in a church.
The Basilica of Saint Mary of the Angels – built in Rome on the ruins of ancient Roman baths and designed by Michelangelo during the Renaissance – was the scene of the arrest. It is there, already, that the police officers dressed in collars of priests had arrested in 2018 two crooks of the gang. They had just pocketed 15,000 euros while dangling a loan of half a million. Planting their victim in the basilica, they had been picked up at one of the exits by investigators who had witnessed the whole scene.
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