The Cleanup Of Italy Inc.

On a cold, foggy day in Milan last winter, 10 plainclothes carabini-eri barged in on Mario Chiesa, a political hack who headed the city's biggest public charity for the elderly. It uas a sting designed to nab Chiesa just as he was pocketing a $5,000 kickback from a businessman. That evening, Paolo Pillitteri, a Socialist Party politician in Milan, noted the arrest in his personal diary: "I don't think there will be a domino effect."

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