There are risks, it is useless to hide it... post-earthquake reconstruction is a tasty morsel for criminal organizations and committees.
Franco Roberti, head of anti-mafia directorate
After Italy was devastated by an earthquake that killed at least 290 people on Wednesday, officials are warning an unlikely and dangerous ally could try to help out with rebuilding: The mob.
Italy's response: Thanks, but no thanks.
Organized crime groups like the Naples Camorra infiltrated construction contracts after a 1980 earthquake that killed almost 2,500 people,
The Guardian reports.
Franco Roberti, who runs Italy's national anti-mafia directorate, said the Camorra's involvement in the construction was part of the reason that earthquake was so devastating.
And with Wednesday's quake, Italian officials have questioned whether regulations were ignored as towns were reduced to rubble.
Everyone suspects such a tragedy was not just a question of destiny.
Giuseppe Saieva, chief prosecutor of Rieti
Italian officials have opened up an inquiry into whether construction companies ignored safety regulations. The Guardian reports 60 percent of councils in the Lazio region near Rome don't have emergency plans.