Police in Italy have arrested six alleged members of the Camorra crime syndicate over allegations they set up reconstruction compaies to launder money.
The suspects allegedly ploughed funds into firms which then bid for contracts to rebuild the earthquake-hit town of L’Aquila.
Offices seized 21 companies in total as well as property worth 100 million euros after carrying out wiretaps.
L’Aquila was struck by a 6.3 magnitude earthquake in April last year, destroying homes and killing 300 people.
Earlier this month, some 5,000 residents took to the streets of Rome to call for tax exemptions and subsidies for the stricken region to resuscitate the local economy.