Banana fraud is uncovered
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CTA. 2002. Banana fraud is uncovered. Agritrade, October 2002. CTA, Wageningen, The Netherlands.
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The EU's anti-fraud office announced the discovery of illegal...
The EU's anti-fraud office announced the discovery of illegal imports of bananas using false licences on July 9th 2002. This illegal trafficking in bananas made hundreds of millions of euros for the unscrupulous traders involved, and covered the whole of central and southern Italy. Indeed there were even links to France, Spain and Portugal. Uncovering the fraud was, however, purely fortuitous, for at the outset the Italian authorities' enquires were aimed at monitoring a vessel suspected of carrying cocaine. According to the Italian investigator 'more profit can be made from this type of fraud than from serious crime such as importing a tonne of cocaine'. Four factors were seen to have made this fraud possible: the complex nature of Community regulations; the transnational nature of the fraud; the existence of an organised criminal system; the dispersal of judicial authorities throughout the entire European Union.