Italy's anti-mafia unit seizes €20m assets from Camorra family

A family suspected of being involved in organised crime – including counterfeiting – have had €20m-worth of assets confiscated by the Italian authorities.

The Anti-Mafia Investigation Department (DIA) alleges that the three siblings - Bruno, Salvatore and Assunta Potenza – are part of the Neapolitan Camorra crime syndicate and have been involved in money laundering, extortion and racketeering.

They are the children of Mario Potenza, a mafia boss who ran the Camorra's illicit tobacco and fuel operations during the 1990s but died in 2012, according to an OCCRP report, which suggests that his operations were handed over to his children before his death.

The Potenza family was able to accumulate considerable assets over the years, which were funnelled into real estate in Naples and Milan. The DIA says it has seized 24 properties in Italy, six companies and shareholdings in three businesses - including a restaurant in Milan – as well as 66 foreign and domestic bank accounts.

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