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Among those deceived would also be their relatives. In addition to a hundred employees and former employees of the Capitol, to whom he had promised to find tickets for the concerts of the great rock stars in Rome. Tickets worth 50 thousand euros -but the estimate is provisional- never delivered. In the meantime, however, the money had been sent to his Postepay card. At the Cral of the Municipality of Rome, a former employee – now fired and denounced in court – has organized a scam that is creating confusion among the 6,500 municipal employees and former employees enrolled in the afterwork program. And that forced the leaders of the Workers’ Recreation Club to publish a message on the home page: for concerts, shows and cultural initiatives, “the Cral does not answer calls from numbers and people not expressly authorized by our association.”
Scam in the Cral, the offers
Between discounts for gourmet restaurants, vacations at popular prices, free or semi-free consultations for notarial deeds or construction practices, the diligent former employee had added another service for members: the possibility of purchasing tickets for musical concerts. A service that not even Domenico Pizzonia, president of the recreational club of the Capitoline workers, was aware of: «I discovered it at the end of last year, when dozens and dozens of our members asked me to return the money for the tickets they had bought. I was shocked, also because we don’t provide this service. And I am still baffled today, given how many are canceling their membership.”
The news was announced by the Capitol leader of the League, Fabrizio Santori, who is about to ask a question: “The case -he says- is surprising, because these scams are carried out using the Municipality’s brand, exploiting the good faith of the employees”. and former employees. One wonders if the Campidoglio watches over all these entities that are directly or indirectly connected to the Municipality.
According to the first reconstructions, the woman, during the end of the confinement linked to the Covid, would have begun to call the members of the Cral “to ask them -says Pizzonia- if they were interested in buying concert tickets. Those who agreed, however, asked to advance the money, sending it to their postepay card. In some cases she even promised discounts, but barely gave them a receipt. “Since the events were foreseen in the following months -recalls Pizzonia- she had a lot of time to trace”. Except then, when the date of the show was approaching, informing the victims “that the event was sold out. And she explained to me that, if there were grievances, they had to go to the leaders of the Cral, including myself. Only in some cases, when she could no longer justify herself, did she return the money. A colleague of ours even fell into this situation, who was looking for tickets for the Vasco Rossi concert in Rome for his children ».
For the record, the woman would have initially rejected the charges, explaining that it would have been the members of the Cral who asked her to buy tickets for the concerts. But she -as happens in all bubbles- she would have been overwhelmed by the mechanism she invented, when -towards the end of last year- the queue of Cral members demanding the return of the money grew enormously. Who, in addition to persecuting her, in some cases literally, contacted Pizzonia and other Dopolavoro employees, revealing her scam.
In the complaint filed with the prosecutor’s office, the Cral Capitolino said that it was not related to the scams. «But this -explains the president- did not prevent us from having to compensate the first scammed with about ten thousand euros. And we still don’t know how many victims there are in total, also because in addition to our members, people who are not registered with us have also been contacted. Our former employee would have even blackmailed her relatives. I don’t know how it happened, but I heard from a lady who lives in Belgium who had asked her for a ticket to a concert in Naples. And they never delivered it.”
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