August 29, 2005

Mafioso and prison guard run racket behind bars

prisonitaly.gif Jailed Mafia boss, Santi Timpani, and prison guard,Attilio Peppino Iannazzo, have been caught running a protection racket from a Catanzaro prison, sending orders to henchmen and threats to victims via SMS messages, according to

..."According to investigators, Iannazzo smuggled a mobile phone into Timpani's cell, from where the boss sent his SMS messages demanding money. A number of phone calls made by Iannazzo to potential victims, containing implicit or explicit threats, were recorded by Messina police after one targeted businessman turned to authorities for help.

... This is not the first time mafiosi have been caught running their affairs from their prison cells".

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