Mafia Joins Global Club Targeting Asset Wealth
by, Unwanted Publicity
June 23, 2008
Recent inquiries came across my global anti-fraud desk from international investor victims whom expressed an interest in locating two (2) individuals, named:
- Riccardo Cornacchia (aka) Richard Cornacchia (aka) Alessandro Cornacchia, etc.; and,
- Carlo Santamaria.
Private intelligence reports indicated these two (2) good fellows held connections with the Naples, Italy Camorra ( black hand ) Mafia, a subject matter area I recalled from June of 1986 during an operation in the district of Portici where Mafia Don Antonio Cioffi (aka) "Ice Cream Man" - consigliore for the Sicilian Mafia - saw his Villa Maria residence compound hosting weekly night Thursday meetings for the Chairman of Partita Communista Italia ( PCI ).
Cornacchia and Santamaria specialized in working complex business financial fraud schemes taking monies and assets through private placement investments involving complex financial instrument derivatives obtained from membership contacts within their 1888 CLUB network, a high-level business financial fraud crime organization operating globally disguised as a private network of business financial specialists making very rich individuals even more wealthy.
The 1888 Club satellite network are named somewhat differently and most provide "Table Tour" introductions, a fashion show runway of different types of fraudulent scheme deals, and schedule worldwide private convention center meetings, conferences, and presentations guiding high-level fraud representatives - some claiming hierarchy with the Knights of Malta - targeting "Ultra High Net Worth" individual investors around the world.
Complexities, under the network of 1888 Clubs, at operational levels defines how and why for so many decades have thousands of wealthy individuals been convinced by such sophisticated fraud schemes taking billions ever year. The fact this global organization even exists, especially for as many decades as it has, cannot be so easily explained to well-seasoned investigators whose individual cases typically finalize within 1-year or so.
I pondered at the stupidity of 1888 Clubs providing - over its public access internet websites - the times, dates, locations, and financial fraud subject matters conducted under their convention center Big Top fraud circus events, and yet how convenient that would make it for international federal law enforcement to collect information from gatherings under these Big Top meetings labeled 'strictly confidential' and 'by private invitation only', and how that could pre-empt financial losses to individuals around the world.
Such would surely be less costly than the U.S. FBI international round-up of over 50 individuals, during its legacy "Operation Sweet Tea Masquerade Party" sting where, in comparison, taking down an 1888 Club meeting would be akin to raiding a "Victoria Secret House Party" filled with dozens of 'moon bat' fraudsters flitting around under a Big Top. The only problem with that analogy would be locating a government law enforcement agency adept enough to do it.
Kidnapped Mafia Businessman Cornacchia Sees 2 More Mafia Abductors Arrested In Naples
On June 5, 2008 some believe justice began when a coordinated effort between Milan, Italy anti-Mafia district prosecutor Francesco Prete, State Police investigator Sara Wells, Republic Public Prosecutor, and preliminary investigation judge Giovanna Verga whom brought criminal allegations against four (4) bandits, charging:
- False Imprisonment;
- Attempted Extortion;
- Possession of new UZI 9-millimeter, standard-size 19-inch, fully assembled machine-guns, formerly made in Yugoslavia; and,
- Transportation of new UZI 9-millimeter, standard-size 19-inch, fully assembled machine-guns, formerly made in Yugoslavia.
On April 21, 2008 it was believed that Riccardo Cornacchia (41), a financial "broker" in Varese who had numerous curious business activities in Lugano, Switzerland was kidnapped from a leased apartment at via Gaetano Donizetti located in the heart of Varese, and after 6-weeks it took only a matter of hours this morning to secure the remaining two (2) - of four (4) bandits - whom were arrested as they slept in a car on a street in the Ponticelli district of Naples.
Involved in connection with a Mafia "clan," the two (2) arrested today, were:
- Aniello Di Salvatore (31), of Torre del Greco, Naples; and,
- Roberto Esposito (42) of Naples.
The two (2) arrested earlier on April 22, 2008, were:
- Riccardo Giorgi (41), resident of Falconara Marittima, Ancona; and,
- Massimiliano Ciriello (37) residing in Ancona.
Financial broker Riccardo Cornacchia, owner of SIMIS S.A ( Lugano, Switzerland ) in liquidation since November 24, 2006 by order of the Swiss Federal Banking Commission, answered a knock on his leased apartment door to two (2) people he believed were Carabinieri ( Sheriffs ) detectives.
When the two (2) men escorted Cornacchia out of his apartment, he realized something was wrong when he saw an unknown man who appeared possibly hooded and pushed down in the back seat of a car.
A few hours later, relatives of Cornacchia delivered a message request to obtain 50,000.00 euros, the equivalent of about 80,000 francs that was to be delivered within 24-hours at a Ticino location near the Lugano - Agno airport.
Alerted from a colleague of Cornacchia, Italy law enforcement contact those responsible for the Federal Criminal Police in Lugano, Switzerland and from there the information was transmitted to the proper cantonal ( county ) Police and border guards.
The size of the ransom was such that authorities would perform a "lightning arrest."
In the meantime, the vehicle reached the kidnapper's "safe house" ( hideout ) on Lake Como ( Lago di Como ), in the territory of Gravedona, where hostage Riccardo Cornacchia was being supervised by two (2) people.
Already Tuesday morning - April 22, 2008 - and with little time remaining on the "ultimatum" - the other two (2) bandits were already in Lugano, Switzerland proceeding to collect the money, in-fact they made additional claims, "This is only the first 'tranche' ( payment ) of the other 200,000.00 euros."
They did not know, however that Riccardo Giorgi and Massimiliano Ciriello had unknowingly alerted airport control by activating a bomb detector device, and what they especially did not know was, that with the utmost discretion were already under surveillance from highway A-2 - in the direction of the Chiasso – Brogeda border – until arrival at the checkpoint when they didn’t even have time to put on their hoods before they were arrested.
The money was found hidden in the socks of the two (2) men, under the car seat there were sheets torn in pieces, and - with a little patience - agents are able to figure-out the "jigsaw puzzle" to discover this was about the leased apartment in Gravedona. What's more, the vehicle GPS was "oriented" towards that address.
Looking further, the police found a pair of handcuffs, semi-automatic "UZI 9mm 19" assembled machine-guns ( formerly manufactured in Yugoslavia ), a few other items, plus several leads acquired for purposes of the investigation. Their guardians, in a few minutes if an hour at most, gave the prisoners leg-irons.
The search for a flight, "at the suggestion" of the two (2) "guardians", perhaps an alert from one (1) last phone call from Riccardo Giorgi and Massimiliano Ciriello, or institution of "Plan B" so in-case the men sent across borders were not presented at a given time and had not given news to return to the course?
At checkpoint Chiasso-Brogeda on this case, the two (2) may have appeared relaxed since the first moment, but on the contrary they tried to deny any degree of complicity in the abduction, claiming they had only played debt collectors during the "mission" at Lugano - Agno airport and only on behalf of a third (3rd) person - an Englishman - who would have contacted them, but that they do not know.
While that version of their's continued to reverberate through the following week, during interrogations conducted by Como judge for preliminary investigations Nicoletta Cremona, it took them all the way to the capital prison "Bassone."
After that history, on the evening of Tuesday April 22, 2008, Riccardo Cornacchia reappeared in Cernobbio where he was perhaps thrown out of the car by the two (2) bandits during their rapid exodus from their hideout.
This location appears as an unusual choice since Cernobbio is only a stone's throw from both road and roadway passes of Chiasso, out-of Vacallo Maslianico, and perhaps behind the arrest made at the first checkpoint "for the pair returning from the airport less than an additional 3-kilometers where the A-9 interchange exists headed toward Milan, Italy - in less than 20-minutes - or any other location sought.
While officials raided the apartment in Gravedona and while experts from Police forensics carry out surveys during their investigations, Riccardo Cornacchia is manufacturing his own version of the story before Como investigators that were added from the Varese territorial jurisdiction.
It follows then the possible link with the activities of financial "brokers" such as Riccardo Cornacchia who claim they are not nor have they ever found them self in a difficult financial situation, even though the suspension of SIMIS S.A. would have caused some problems in relations with a client whose heritage was partly managed through the office at Viale Castagnola 27 ( formerly, located at: Del Tiglio 3 ) in Lugano, Switzerland.
Information estimated at-play was 2,000,000 million euros that would have landed on Mafia accounts or in some location offshore "but from" SIMIS S.A. "nothing could be more managed as the Trust put into liquidation, with expectation for what went to STUDIO GIUSEPPE FERRARI S.A. Before that "veto" operation, arriving from Bern, Switzerland the company brokering since February 1995, when the first two (2) directors Riccardo Cornacchia ( Stanton, California, USA ), Carlo Santamaria ( Clivio, Varese ), and sole director Gianpaolo Ballabio ( Viganello, Morbio Inferiore ) of the firm ADRIANO BALLABIO & CO. S.A. ( Fiume 7, Viganello, Morbio Inferiore ) and MD MOTORS S.A. ( TEL: 091 / 9729360 - Lugano, Tessin ) were all present on staff amongst flourishing conditions, and again during May 2006 when a substantial increase in capital was made from 300,000 to 750,000 francs.
Against Riccardo Giorgi and Massimiliano Ciriello, who insist they are "not guilty" of kidnapping, are formalized charges of keeping a person sequestered ( imprisoned at their hideout ), charges of improperly transporting firearms - a "pearl" more in their low profile "curriculum" - plus arrests for crimes committed when it becomes clear as to their activities in connection with a small aligned Mafioso clan that tried settling on the coast with many grandiose specializations active in arson, robberies, and narcotics trafficking.
The latest condemnation of both is tied to an attempted obscure sales "collaboration" with a former criminal leader inconsistent with institutional justice that saw Anconetano.
Recently returned to freedom, the two (2) have obviously taken over from where they left off.
Parallel investigations were conducted in Ticino, where the Attorney General in Lugano, Switzerland investigated Riccardo Cornacchia for questionable activities related to SIMIS S.A.
The arrest of the two (2) Naples bandits may have resulted in a total reconstruction of what the entire kidnapping plan was to have actually involved, which only ended with a total of four (4) arrested, and nothing worse.
With much intelligence information missing in the aforementioned case, someday someone may reveal who the alleged "Englishman" actually was.
Indications point to that principal, with Italian family descent, as having landed in Britain but residing near many family members living in Canada and the United States.
1888 Clubs -
International Institutional Investors - Directory Listing:
. . . [ EDITED-OUT FOR BREVITY ] . . .
Viale Castagnola 27
. . . [ EDITED-OUT FOR BREVITY ] . . .
1888 BANKING CLUB (aka) 1888 VALUE CLUB (aka) BARON BERNARDO BANKING CLUB -
Service Meeting Itinerary:
- Ultra High Net Worth Individuals
- Single & Multi-Family Offices
- Heads of Management
- Best of Management
1888 Club Names ( 2005 - 2008 ) -
1888 HERMITAGE INTERKONTINENTAL CLUB ASSOC. (aka)
1888 INTERKONTINENTAL ASSOCIATED CLUB (aka)
1888 HERMITAGE CLUB (aka)
1888 KAPITAL CLUB (aka)
1888 BANKING CLUB (aka)
1888 SHIPPING EXCHANGE (aka)
1888 MILLIONAIRES CLUB (aka)
1888 ENTREPRENEURS CLUB (aka)
1888 FAMILY OFFICE CLUB (aka)
1888 RESIDENCE ASSET (aka)
1888 SONNENBOERSE (aka)
1888 HOSPITALITY (aka)
1888 POLO HOTEL (aka)
1888 RAIL HOTEL (aka)
1888 VALUE CLUB (aka)
1888 LIVE TV (aka)
BARON BERNADO BANKING CLUB (aka)
EMIRATES EQUITY EXCHANGE (aka)
PERSONAL PROFILING CLUB (aka)
WORLD ASSET CLUB (aka)
MR. BROWN CLUB (aka)
SISSI HOTELS (aka)
SISSI WORLD (aka)
SIX SENSES CLUB (aka)
DRV GMBH (aka)
DATENDIENSTE RECHERCHE & VERWALTUNG GMBH
Oberhöchstadter Strasse 35
61440 Oberursel Rhein-Main
TEL: +49 (0) 6171 52031
FAX: +49 (0) 6171 4948
1888 Club Group -
Advisory Board ( 4th Generation ):
DagoBert Zollner (aka) Donald Klein-Zollner ( Managing Director )
Rudolf Döring (aka) Rudolf Doering ( Lawyer - Control and Use of Financial Instruments, Board Supervisor for a Virginia shipping company in Hamburg Germany, and for Finance Solutions AG )
Im Hinteren Hof 11
TEL: +49 (0) 7243 – 20 40 7
TEL: +49 (0) 172 - 7 20 43 34 ( cellphone )
FAX: +49 (0) 7243 – 219 228
Birgit Friedl ( Lawyer - Mergers & Acquisitions, Private Equity, and Venture Capital )
GIBSON, DUNN & CRUTCHER LLP
TEL: +49 (0) 89 189 33-151
FAX: +49 (0) 89 189 33-351
Andreas Rams ( Manager - Mergers & Acquisitions, Private Equity & Debt Financing, Capital Valuation, Business Assessments, Detailed Financial Modeling, Structured Financing Strategies )
PRICEWATERHOUSECOOPERS AG WPG
Corporate Finance Division
Moskauer Strassee 19
TEL: +49 211 981 1718
FAX: +49 211 981 2610
Michael Bormann ( Tax Consultant )
BORMANN, DEMANT & PARTNER
Danziger Strasse 64
TEL: +49 (0) 30 – 44 33 61 - 0
FAX: +49 (0) 30 – 44 33 61 - 54
1888 HERMITAGE CLUB -
Intercontinental Portal Investment -
Asset Class Investment Fund Depot:
- Art Wealth
- Asset Allocation
- Asset Management
- Capital Markets
- Corporate Finance
- Lease Back
- Mergers & Acquisitions
- Mezzanine Financing
- Philanthropic Wealth
- Pre Pre-Initial Public Offerings
- Private Placement
- Real Assets
- Special Funds
- Wealth Management
Private Equity Strategic Partners -
- 1 - 3 - 5 - 10 - 20 Million EUR / CHF Investments ...
- 5 - 50 - 500 Million EUR Investments ...
- 100 - 200 - 300 - 500 Million Intercontinental Private Placements ...
Strictly Confidential - By Appointment Only Previews
Government - Table-Tour Meetings:
- Frankfurt (June 2008) HESSISCHER HOF, Friedrich-Ebert-Anlage 40, D-60325, Frankfurt, Germany
- London (June 2008) THE RITZ HOTEL, 150 Piccadilly, GB-W1J 9BR, London, UK
- Vienna (August 2008) ANA GRAND HOTEL, Kärntner Ring 9, A-1010, Wien, Austria
1888 Club Group of Companies -
- Austria ( Wien / Vienna & Innsbruck )
- Belgium ( Brussels )
- Brazil ( Curitiba )
- Canada ( Toronto & Montreal )
- China ( Hong Kong & Beijing )
- Czech Republic
- France ( Monaco )
- Germany ( Berlin, Frankfurt & Munich )
- Liechtenstein ( Vaduz )
- The Netherlands
- Norway ( Oslo )
- Russia ( St. Petersburg )
- Sweden ( Stockholm )
- South Africa
- Switzerland ( Zurich )
- United Arab Emirates ( Dubai )
- United Kingdom ( London )
- United States ( New York & Los Angeles )
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Belief tells me, the two (2) good fellows from SIMIS S.A. may 'not' wish to be found, especially by the Mafia's Camorra after they provided the first "ride."
Understanding how most governments drag their heels, for reasons never made clear to the public, it appears likely that United States federal law enforcement may sit on their hands until they can simply walk across the street from their headquarters when the next 1888 Club convention center fraudster gathering lands in Washington D.C.
That type of law enforcement sloth reminds me of an age-old story, which goes something like this... Standing on a hill - looking down over a herd of buffalo - the wise old Indian chief heard the young warrior next to him shout with excitement, "I run down hill and grab buffalo," whereupon the old chieftain pointed-out, "You run down hill, buffalo herd scatters. You catch nothing. Approach this herd wearing eagle feathers, eye your best buffalo, and introduce him to your knife."
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