The hidden treasure of Piero Amara: houses, land and companies for the lobbyist most disputed by the prosecutors

Speak, reveal, tell or perhaps boast. And in the meantime, save. Years in prison with bribery and bankruptcy settlements. And money. Many. Those at least that the plurisquired and pluriarrestato lawyer, Piero Amara, which has become the jukebox of the prosecutors of half of Italy, he manages to make them disappear in a sleight of hand made up of transfers, alienations, looting, munificent gifts. In a Chinese box system that is his specialty. Even so, the key man in the Eni trial, now at the center of the Ilva investigation, can bill for years of reckless relations with the judiciary and intelligence world, in a game of favors and blackmail, only partially revealed. Which has it in the mail a treasure made of photovoltaic systems, buildings, land, houses in Milan and half of Sicily. Here: where is the stuff of Amara, the master Don Gesualdo of the folders, the lobbyist of the judicial offices? Where does that river of fees and consultancy flow, drained by hand by adjusting processes around Italy and on behalf of wealthy as well as unscrupulous clients?


Because what Amara touched turned into gold. Take Napag, which the Milan prosecutor is investigating. He imported fruit and with Amara behind him he turned to oil. Result? Ninety million rounds of orders from Eni. Just to get an idea of ​​the levers that the lawyer from the remote province of Syracuse was able to move, juggling companies in Dubai and Luxembourg, whose names chase each other, mix and overlap in the thousands of pages of the minutes and information of Finance. Many acronyms, no figures. Why, at least so far, Amara’s treasure hunt does not even seem to have begun, while he doses facts alongside opinions, truths and conjectures. Meanwhile, they dirty, muddy, inguaiano, earthquake the judicial system. And not only.

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If stuff is an obsession, family is a weakness. And, as some documents that L’Espresso consulted exclusively show, Amara’s money didn’t go too far. A consensual separation from the wife, a donation to the child are only the first screen. Useful enough to put distance between hands and pockets.

THE PLOT
What is certain is that until 2017, the last year of splendor of the formidable system created by Amara, the customers were lavish. After all, as he himself admitted, the network of companies that pampered the magistrates close to the clique was able to guarantee clients a “80 percent” success rate. And the near-infallibility pays off.
So Mr. Wolf Amara he collected staggering figures for a smoothly spun transaction or for a providentially stalled process. According to an internal audit commissioned by Eni to Kpmg, announced by Corriere della Sera in 2019, the public energy multinational alone gave him 11 million euros in professional commissions.


Strong dish, to which the ineffable lawyer has combined succulent side dishes after cooking the usual soup of ties. Sai 8, the company that managed the Syracuse High Water Authority, changed the pool of lawyers en bloc, confirming only Giovanni Pitruzzella and then turned to Amara and paid him fees for 1.3 million, bleeding to death until bankruptcy.

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Amara guaranteed a preferential lane with the former prosecutor Ugo Rossi and with the then deputy in Catania Giuseppe Toscano. Privileged interlocutors since Rossi’s son, it will be discovered, had in the meantime become a partner of Amara in Gi.da srl ​​and Toscano’s son, Attilio, was then called as an external consultant to Sai 8 for an amount equal to that of Amara (1.3 million). One hundred thousand euros, on the other hand, the cadeau of Ilva to the lawyer Amara for having spent, according to the prosecution, in favor of the appointment of Carlo Maria Capristo as prosecutor of Taranto. A welcome gown because it is very accommodating in favor of steel mills.

SHOPPING
To understand the Amara system you have to rummage through the forest of acronyms of its srl. And from there to go back to the partners: magistrates and sons of magistrates, the favorites, but in general anyone who could help him weave the web of relationships essential for business.


In unsuspecting years he opened a company with the magistrate Raimondo Cerami, Cms service, then various energy companies placing his then wife, Sebastiana Bona, or approaching entrepreneurs who were in turn close to those in the control room. It so happened that he was with Andrea Bacci, an entrepreneur linked to the Renzi family. With Bacci, Amara becomes a partner in the Teletouche, an adventure that did not go very well but which, according to the Rome prosecutor’s office, would have allowed some funds of the former president of the Cga and the Council of State Vittorio Virgilio to pass abroad.


In this case, the company mission was not exactly the turnover. In others, however. It happened with Da.gi srl, 90 percent owned by Amara’s wife. Only formally, according to the magistrates, in fact managed by her husband: so much so that a friend of the President of the Council of State Filippo Patroni Griffi was hired there, again according to the Roman prosecutors. Da.gi deals with renewable energy plants: opened in 2009, at the beginning it has light budgets with turnover of 50 thousand euros. Then in 2013, after having taken out a mortgage for new photovoltaic fields, it explodes and begins to grind successes with revenues of 5 million euros between 2013 and 2017.


Another club that at a certain point starts running is the one that Amara has with Giuseppe Calafiore, his partner in many games of the “system”. The P & g recorded revenues of almost 2 million euros between 2011 and 2016. Not a few for a consulting firm of two then half-known Syracusan lawyers.

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If the business takes off in those years, investments also take off. In 2013 Da.gi srl acquired 100 percent of the shares of Roma Uno Immobiliare which has eight newly renovated apartments in via Giacomo Watt in Milan. The price paid is 600 thousand euros paid to the shareholders, plus the taking over of a mortgage of almost one million euros. Whose are the shares of Roma Uno Immobiliare? Of the former minister Saverio Romano and his wife Stefania Martorana. Romano in the early 2000s, together with Augusto Reitano from Messina, in fact, renovated the former Watt factories in Milan and then bought 20 apartments for a value of 4 million euros. The former Sicilian governor Salvatore Cuffaro also has an apartment in the same complex in via Watt. In those years, Reitano was a prominent entrepreneur, considered the king of 488 and of European funds for tourism in Sicily.


An appraisal that L’Espresso consulted then reveals that through the two family companies, Geostudi srl and Augusta Immobiliare, in the roaring years Amara enriched its assets with properties and land in Catania, Syracuse and Augusta for a value equal to 3 million euros.


DONATIONS
Until 2019, or until Amara was able to move without hindrance, companies, apartments, land, plants, buildings and collections from plots are traceable and traceable to him, in the light of the sun. Starting from that year, when it has now ended up in the spotlight, the lawyer begins to distill authentic or presumed truths and to strip off a large part of the assets. He knows that the troubles are only at the beginning and getting rid of secrets is only part of the job he has to do.


On 1 August 2019, in front of the notary Marco Cannizzo, Amara signs a separation agreement from his wife: to the latter he transfers his shares in the companies Geostudi srl and in the Augusta real estate. The remaining 50 percent remains with Amara’s sister Serafina.


How much are the assets managed by these two companies worth? The engineer Tommaso De Luca writes this in the appraisals attached to the separation agreement: for Geostudi the assets are worth 1.9 million euros, for Augusta real estate one million. Amara also transfers two apartments to his wife in Augusta and Catania: in the Etna capital he sells a 14-room apartment in the center on which a mortgage for a loan of 1.8 million hangs that Bona takes on without asking for anything in return. And the apartments in Milan? All the shares of Roma Uno Immobiliare pass in 2020 from his wife Bona to the company Milan Luxury, in turn 100% owned by Dagon srl. And whose Dagon is it? Of Piero Amara’s son, Giuseppe. And what happened to Da.gi srl that manages the photovoltaic systems? Also in 2020 it passes to Augusta Energia, the latter 100% owned by Dagon, therefore also by his son, Giuseppe Amara.


Along with the weight of his misdeeds, the lawyer seems to have lightened his wallet as well. He still has some houses and land between Augusta and Melilli, the shares in P & g and Teletouche, both in liquidation. Few thing, the big one is gone. After the rivers of money, however, there remain rivers of words. Which are still worth gold.


Source: L'Espresso – News, inchieste e approfondimenti Espresso by espresso.repubblica.it.

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