Italian Mafia White-Collar Crime: Fraud and Tax Evasion

May 8, 2024


Italian mafia white-collar crime is on the rise, as organized crime groups shift from traditional violence toward complex financial fraud. This shift is fueled by the vast post-COVID recovery funds flowing into Italy, offering a lucrative target for exploitation. Prosecutors suspect a significant portion of the billions in fraudulent claims are linked to organized crime.

Source: Reuters


The mafia’s move underscores its adaptability and pursuit of profit over violence. Tax evasion and fraudulent bankruptcies offer potentially high rewards at relatively low risk. This shift highlights fundamental weaknesses in Italy’s economic system, including chronic tax evasion, lax white-collar crime laws, and a lack of specialized financial investigators.



iCognative™ works by inputting confidential details about a case – potential fraud methods, stolen funds, or specific businesses and individuals involved. Investigators then present suspects with related stimuli (images, text, etc.). A distinct brain response suggests the suspect possesses knowledge about the crime. Here’s how iCognative could aid investigations into mafia-linked financial crimes:

The Italian mafia’s evolution into white-collar crime poses a serious economic threat. To combat it effectively, Italy must prioritize robust laws, specialized financial crime units, and a shift in public perception. In addition, tools like iCognitive offer the potential for more targeted investigations, exposing the criminal networks profiting from this damaging shift.

Source: Brainwave Science