Ernesto U. Savona is Professor of Criminology at the Universita Cattolica del Sacro Cuore, Italy. He is also Director of Transcrime, the Joint Research Centre on Transnational Crime of the Universita Cattolica del Sacro Cuore. Michele Riccardi is Adjunct Professor of Business Economics at the Universita Cattolica del Sacro Cuore, Italy, and senior researcher at Transcrime. Giulia Berlusconi is Postdoctoral Fellow at the Faculty of Political and Social Sciences, Universita Cattolica del Sacro Cuore, Italy, and researcher at Transcrime.
This book reflects the important findings of cutting-edge research. It demonstrates the frightening scale of organised crime investment in the legitimate economy, and the negative effects of this phenomenon. Tracing and recovering the proceeds of crime remains a major strategic challenge for law enforcement agencies across Europe, so this publication is as timely as it is important. Rob Wainwright, Director of Europol ã This timely book is a must-read for academics and practitioners who want to know more about criminal infiltration and the various ways in which criminal activities and the legitimate economy are intertwined in a wide array of European countries. Edward R. Kleemans, Full Professor and Chair of Serious and Organized Crime and Criminal Justice, VU University Amsterdam, the Netherlands ã New criminals have moved away from the Dickensian den of thieves and now reside in posh city centre offices. With the aid of accountants, lawyers and financial experts they devise new extortion rackets and malpractices that are threatening the fabric of state and society. This interdisciplinary book presents meticulously researched case studies to show how the criminal elites operate under the guise of business and professionalism. It is a must read for students, scholars and policymakers. Prem Sikka, Professor of Accounting, Essex Business School, University of Essex, UK ã