When Doing Business in Italy Means a Box of Bullets in the Mail

  • Insurer says Italian broker stole data and paid off abitrator
  • Filing tells tale of private eyes and undercover operations

The Trevi Fountain in Rome.

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The box arrived at his home in Italy and, when he opened it, the insurance executive was chilled by its contents: nine bullets, one each for him, his wife and their seven children. Sent by "persons unknown," the package is one of the more lurid elements of an international saga of private eyes, secret recordings and claims of bribery.

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