MILAN, June 7 (Reuters) - Italian tax police have seized
assets worth more than 20 million euros ($24 million) from the
local unit of logistics giant Deutsche Post DHL as
part of a tax fraud probe, a judicial document seen by Reuters
showed on Monday.
The Milan tax police confirmed in a statement that a seizure
had been carried out against a "transportation and logistics
multinational" for more than 20 million euros following an
investigation and searches that took place in Milan and nearby
The police did not disclose the name of the company under
investigation, but the prosecutors' seizure order, of which
Reuters saw a copy, said the probe targeted the Italian arm of
Deutsche Post DHL.
The subsidiary of the German group did not immediately reply
to a request for comment from Reuters.
The seizure order said two top executives of the firm's
Italian unit were under investigation for tax fraud. Under
Italian law, companies can be held responsible for crimes
committed by their executives.
In their statement, the police said prosecutors in Milan
alleged the unnamed logistics company had failed to pay
value-added taxes and pension contributions due for staff, by
using workers provided by a consortium of 23 local cooperative
($1 = 0.8230 euros)
(Reporting by Emilio Parodi; Writing by Valentina Za; Editing
by Jan Harvey)