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Founder of Babelgum and Fastweb arrested

Silvio Scaglia, founder of Fastweb and Babelgum, has been jailed pending questioning regarding an alleged €2 billion money-laundering scheme.
March 1, 2010

Silvio Scaglia, founder of Fastweb and Babelgum, has been jailed pending questioning regarding an alleged €2 billion money-laundering scheme. Italian news agencies say the probe has issued warrants for 55 other individuals, examining activities conducted between 2003 and 2007, during which time Scaglia was chairman and CEO of Fastweb. As such, the probe does not relate to Babelgum. ‘Mr. Scaglia’s assets have not been seized and the company’s functioning and effectiveness has not been impacted in any way,’ says Babelgum in a statement issued to realscreen. ‘Babelgum’s business plan is fully funded for 2010 and beyond.’ Scaglia no longer has a management role with the online content hub but remains its sole investor.

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Daniele Alcinii is a news reporter at realscreen, the leading international publisher of non-fiction film and television industry news and content. He joins the rs team with journalism experience following a stint out west with Sun Media in Edmonton's Capital Region, and communications work in Melbourne, Australia and Toronto. You can follow him on Twitter at @danielealcinii.

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