Italy’s Tourism Minister Indicted for Alleged Benefits Fraud

(Bloomberg) -- Italy’s Tourism Minister Daniela Santanche has been indicted for alleged employment benefit fraud, dealing a blow to the government of Prime Minister Giorgia Meloni ahead of June’s European elections.

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Prosecutors in Milan are seeking trial for Santanche, her private companies and an unspecified number of other individuals, they said in a Friday statement. They alleged fraud at the expense of Italy’s national social insurance agency INPS, in a case they said involved 13 employees.

Santanche declined to comment, as did a spokesperson for the Tourism Ministry.

Santanche has previously denied the allegations, according to Italian news agency ANSA.

--With assistance from Flavia Rotondi.

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