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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.

About The Author
Selina Chignall joins the realscreen team as a staff writer. Prior to working with rs, she covered lobbying activity at Hill Times Publishing. She also spent a year covering the Hill as a journalist with iPolitics. Her beat focused on youth, education, democratic reform, innovation and infrastructure. She holds a Master of Arts in Journalism from Western University and a Honours Bachelor of Arts from the University of Toronto.

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