Sicily. Dangerous fuel, over 22 thousand liters of diesel seized – Il Fatto Siciliano

Sicily. Dangerous fuel, over 22 thousand liters of diesel seized – Il Fatto Siciliano
Sicily. Dangerous fuel, over 22 thousand liters of diesel seized – Il Fatto Siciliano

As part of a service aimed at combating fraud in the sector of excise duties and other indirect taxes on production and consumption, the military of Provincial Command of the Financial Police of Caltanissetta, together with officials of the Customs Agency – ADM, in implementation of the Memorandum of Understanding, signed last April 2023, and relating to the collaborative relationships between the two institutions, they seized 22,412 liters of diesel fuel that did not comply with the regulations, ready to be released for consumption by 2 distribution plants in the municipalities of Gela and Niscemi.

Dangerous fuel, 22,412 liters of diesel seized

The vast campaign of controls, which saw the participation of the soldiers of the Gela Group and officials of the Porto Empedocle Customs Agency, was directed towards operators with significant alert of risk in relation to the most widespread illicit phenomena, such as, for example, the illegal mixing of energy products, in order to prevent the circulation of fuel adulterated with solvents or mixed with used vegetable oils to the detriment of motorists and hauliers. The operations were carried out through the rapid collection of samples of the hydrocarbon present in the tanks, aimed at ascertaining the flash point: to guarantee the timeliness of the control, the support of the Mobile Laboratory and the Chemical Laboratory of Palermo of the Customs Agencythanks to which it was possible to immediately determine all the tax specifications, product and environmental characteristics of the product collected.

Dangerous fuel, 22,412 liters of diesel seized

The relevant analyzes have confirmed, in both cases, the non-compliance of the diesel with the expected commercial specifications. In particular, the flash point of diesel, which must not be lower than 55°C in order to minimize the risk of the formation of flammable mixtures in storage depots, was found to be lower than 40°.

THE SEIZURE AND THE COMPLAINT

In addition to the seizure of non-compliant diesel fuel, 2 individuals responsible for the crime were reported to the Gela Public Prosecutor’s Office referred to in the art. 515 of the penal code (fraud in the exercise of commerce), without prejudice to the presumption of innocence.

NOTE

To combat fraud, every year in Italy the Customs and Monopolies Agency and the Financial Police carry out thousands of checks on fuels taken from roadside distributors and commercial and fiscal depots in order to ascertain their compliance: a poor quality product in fact , although it does not immediately generate operating anomalies in cars, it produces, in prolonged use, negative effects on engine gears and increases exhaust gas emissions beyond the normal limits established by regulations for environmental protection. The aforementioned operational activities confirm the profitable synergy between the Financial Police and the Customs and Monopolies Agency, in order to activate increasingly effective joint activities to protect union and national financial interests through the execution of targeted interventions aimed to ascertain criminal and administrative offenses also in the delicate sector of excise duties.

 
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