The influencer: “I have full faith in the judiciary”. The Financial Police acquired the documents today at the confectionery group’s headquarters
Chiara Ferragni is under investigation for fraud aggravated by impaired defense in the Pandoro Balocco affair. We learn this from sources at the Milan prosecutor’s office who specify that Alessandra Balocco, managing director of the confectionery group of the same name, is also being investigated for the same crime.
The turning point, in the file opened just before Christmas by the Milan prosecutor Eugenio Fusco, came on the day when the note from the Financial Police arrived on the table in the office on the fourth floor of the Palace of Justice and the Fiamme Gialle crossed – in the early afternoon – the entrance to the Balocco factory headquarters in Fossano, in the province of Cuneo, to acquire the documentation relating to the Pink Christmas 2022 Christmas promotional campaign, the pandoro that was supposed to support the Regina Margherita hospital in Turin. The hypothesis – which cost the digital entrepreneur a million euro fine from the Antitrust – is that she implied that by purchasing the pandoro, research into osteosarcoma and Ewing’s sarcoma would be supported to buy a new machinery, but in reality the sale would not have affected the charity and an already established sum. A reconstruction, which in light of the exchange of emails between the confectionery group and Ferragni, leads the Milanese prosecutor’s office to hypothesize the crime of fraud aggravated by the ‘impaired defence’, an aggravating circumstance which occurs – according to some rulings of the Supreme Court – when the alleged fraud takes place on online platforms.
Chiara Ferragni as well as the managing director Alessandra Balocco and the respective staff involved will soon be called by the Milan prosecutor’s office to answer to clarify the aspects of an agreement stipulated in November 2011 and in which it will be necessary to demonstrate the unfair profit and where it would have been obtained (for establish territorial jurisdiction, ed.) and the damage for every consumer who purchased the ‘designer’ pandoro for over 9 euros.
The influencer: “I have always acted in good faith, I am calm”
“I am at peace because I have always acted in good faith and I am sure that this will emerge from the ongoing investigations” said Chiara Ferragni, assisted by lawyers Marcello Bana and Giuseppe Iannaccone. “I have full faith in the work of the judiciary and with my lawyers I immediately made myself available to collaborate and clarify every detail of what happened in the shortest time possible”. “I am, however, deeply disturbed – concludes Chiara Ferragni – by the exploitation that part of the media is carrying out, even by spreading news that is objectively untrue”.
Guardia di Finanza in the Balocco headquarters
Furthermore, the Milan Financial Police carried out some acquisitions today at the Balocco headquarters in Fossano in the Cuneo area. In particular, the intervention of the Fiamme Gialle concerned the documentation and emails relating to the agreement between the company and the digital entrepreneur.
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