2016-07-30

Mafia in Africa 2 exposes the fraudulent business empire of Italian criminal Curio Pintus, who was sentenced to three years in jail in 2001 for laundering drug money for the 'ndrangheta, but remains active as CEO of US “merchant bank”, the Pintus Group.

An intercontinental team of journalists have traced the financier’s dealings with the mafia from the 1990s to his present day operations.

In recent years, Pintus and his criminal associates have courted investors and partners using bogus financial documents and credentials. In 2011, the group attempted to lure Senegal's president and Ministry of Finance into a phoney $200bn development deal. And last year, Pintus became embroiled in a multi-billion dollar UN-sponsored anti-Ebola project for West Africa after being handed a no-bid contract by the Sao Tomé and Principe Ambassador to the UN, Mr. Angelo Antonio Toriello.

The investigation also reveals the hidden players behind a deal that brought Rome's waste management public company, AMA, to Senegal. The multi-million contract between AMA and the Dakara government was never designed to make a profit, but to serve an elite group of businessmen, among them a well-known mafia member.

This investigation was funded through Journalismfund.eu's Connecting Continents programme. It is the follow-up to IRPI's 2015 Mafia in Africa project, funded through Journalismfund.eu's European cross-border programme and created to expose the mafia infiltration of the African continent.

Lorenzo Bagnoli

Lorenzo Bagnoli is board member of the Investigative Reporting Project Italy (IRPI), a centre for investigative journalism based in Italy.

Khadija Sharife

Khadija Sharife is an investigative writer and researcher based in South Africa.

Lorenzo Bodrero

Lorenzo Bodrero (1979) is an Italian investigative journalist and data journalist and founder of IRPI.

Cecilia Anesi

Cecilia Anesi (1987) is an Italian journalist and reporter at the Investigative Reporting Project Italy (IRPI).

Craig Shaw

Craig Shaw is a British (based in Romania) journalist specialising in corruption, human rights, and cross-border investigations.

Giulio Rubino

Giulio Rubino (1980) is an Italian journalist.

Momar Dieng

Momar Dieng is a Senegalese journalist. He is the director of the political magazine Nouvel Hebdo in Senegal and the administrator of the investigative website www.impact.sn.

Supported
grant of €14,500 and a grant of € 4,500, allocated on 7 August and 6 October 2015.
ID
CC/2015/001 & CC/2015/039

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