The last of those arrested for the alleged diversion of 800 thousand euros of regional funds for the purchase of a shed in Cormano (Milan) by the Lombardy Film Commission was also sentenced. The last in order of time was the only one to choose the ordinary rite or Francesco Barachetti, the building contractor from Casnigo (Bergamo) close to the world of the League to whom the Milan court imposed a sentence of 5 years of imprisonment , as requested by the adjunct Eugenio Fusco and by the prosecutor Stefano Civardi, for participation in embezzlement and issuing of false invoices for non-existent operations. Before him in abbreviated form last June the creators of the operation, the two Carroccio auditors, Alberto Di Rubba and Andrea Manzoni, respectively, were sentenced to 5 years, 4 years and 4 months. And even before that the other three recipients of the precautionary measure had instead negotiated with lower penalties: the accountant Michele Scillieri and the figureheads Fabio Barbarossa and Luca Sostegni involved, for various reasons, in the purchase of the shed by the Andromeda Real Estate then resold, also through the creation of an ad hoc call for the foundation participated by the Lombardy Region and the Municipality of Milan (civil parties in the various proceedings).
To Barachetti, who with the company Eco Srl received the task of carrying out the renovation work on the building on the outskirts of Milan destined to become the new headquarters of the body, the Milanese prosecutors contested that he had given “a fundamental contribution to the success of the operation “because” he immediately made himself available to ensure a return of money to Di Rubba and Manzoni and for his part he was paid handsomely “. According to the precautionary custody order of November 13, 2020 which had put him under house arrest, Barachetti had been “the main architect of a complex contractual architecture” which, through the increase in the costs of the works, had allowed to raise the price of the shed up to 800 thousand euros.
And of all that money from the Region, more than 200 thousand euros would have ended up in his pockets, net of the work carried out. “It was not the outcome we expected,” commented the lawyer Matteo Montaruli who defends the 44-year-old with his colleague Massimo Borghi. “After a long investigation, it is advisable to read the reasons for the sentence and then file an appeal,” added the lawyer.