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Mafia family's villa seized in Austrian spa town

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Mafia family's villa seized in Austrian spa town
Photo: Guardia di Finanza Reggio Calabria
09:47 CEST+02:00
A luxury villa owned by a member of the Italian Pesce crime family in Baden, Lower Austria, has been seized by justice officials.

The Pesce family is part of the 'Ndrangheta, a powerful mafia network in Calabria with a business strategy focussed on cocaine.

After one senior clan member, Claudio Lucia, was arrested in Spain Austrian police seized his 300 square metre property in the spa town of Baden, which he bought in 2009.

He spent €500,000 renovating the main villa and an outbuilding, and is reported to have always paid for the work in cash.

His Romanian wife was registered as the property’s owner. She was also the official owner of the couple’s Porsche Cayenne and her name was on numerous credit cards. In total the couple had real estate and bank accounts worth a total of €21 million.

Lucia has now been sentenced to 18 years in prison and his luxury villa in Baden is now the property of the Italian courts which must decide whether to auction the property off.

 

 

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