The Laundry Man by Kenneth Rijock ( Penguin/Random House UK)

Saturday, March 20, 2021

FORMER MALTA CHIEF OF STAFF KEITH SCHEMBRI AND TEN OTHERS ARRESTED IN MONEY LAUNDERING & CORRUPTION CASE

                   The Mighty have Fallen: Keith Schembri sleeping in the prison van
 

Keith Schembri, who was the Chief of Staff to former Malta Prime Minister Joseph Muscat was arraigned  and accused of money laundering, fraud and corruption, in a case involving his payment of €650,000 in bribes, to an Allied Group newspaper executive. Ten others have been charged:

BRIAN TONNA, a partner of Nexia BT

KARL CINI, also a partner of Nexia BT

MALCOLM SCERRI, business partner of Schembri

MANUEL CASTAGNA,  also a partner of Nexia BT

KATRIN BONDIN CARTER. Nexia BT financial controller

ALFIO SCHEMBRI, Keith's father and director of Kasco Group companies

MATTHEW PACE, of Zenith Finance, formerly known as  MFSP Financial

LORRAINE FALZON, also of Zenith Finance

VINCENT BUHAGIAR, former director of Allied Group; he was the only one granted bail

ADRIAN HILLMAN, former director of the Allied Group, and the alleged recipient of the bribes,; he is in the UK and not in custody.

ROBERT ZAMMIT, financial controller of Keith Schembri 

 We note that Schembri, who was also charged with forgery, was denied bail and taken to a correctional facility.


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