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Thursday, September 28, 2017

Seven Tax Profs Arrested On Corruption Charges In Rigging Academic Research Award

The Italian Insider, Professors Arrested on Corruption Charges:

Seven university professors of tax-law have been arrested on charges of corruption as part of a national investigation into rigged competitions for research posts.

The seven academics have been placed under house arrest, while another 22 have been barred from holding university positions and taking part in university work for the next year. On Monday the financial police in Florence carried out more than 150 home searches in public offices, private homes and studios. These measures were put in place by the judge for preliminary investigations at the Tribunale di Firenze.

The investigation began from an initial complaint in which several professors allegedly persuaded a candidate for the National Scientific Enrollment Award on tax-law to withdraw his application in favour of a less-qualified candidate. The GIP, leading the enquiry, has noted that there appears to be “systematic corruption agreements among many professors of tax law” which has led to the issue of qualifications for this award based not on merit but on personal preference.

(Hat Tip: Reuven Avi-Yonah.)

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Comments

To the credit of American law professors, I was shocked when I first heard this story. Then I discovered it was in Italy. "Oh, that's not surprising then," I thought. Some claim that corruption is the only thing keeping Italy from falling apart. At least you can get something done with payoffs.

And yeah, Italy is not alone. That was the U.S. State Department under Hillary. We really dodged a bullet with Election 2016. If we don't start tossing such people in prison, we'll end up like Italy.

Posted by: Michael W. Perry | Sep 29, 2017 4:37:30 AM

These shoe companies are really getting out of hand now.

Posted by: Christopher Brown | Sep 29, 2017 4:51:23 AM

Well, the former US Treasury secretary cheated on his tax returns? They could become candidates for same.

Posted by: Yehiel Handlarz | Sep 29, 2017 12:07:38 PM