Cecilia Marogna spent the money on shoes, handbags, and luxury brand items. She is linked to Cardinal Angelo Becciu, who wanted to build a diplomatic network in the Holy See.
The Italian Cecilia Marogna, accused of having embezzled 500,000 euros that the investigated Cardinal Angelo Becciu She had been granted to supposedly form a parallel diplomacy network in the Holy See, she was arrested this Tuesday in Milan after being denounced to Interpol by the Vatican justice.
The diaries Republic, Courier service Y The print report in their web editions that Marogna, 39, was arrested tonight by the Guardia di Finanza (the Italian tax police) following an international arrest warrant issued by Vatican investigators, who have activated Interpol after the endorsement of the Pope Francis to the investigation.
Marogna became known last week in the middle of the case that seeks to determine possible fraudulent operations by Becciu, former “number 3” of the Vatican, and whom the Pope removed in mid-September from his post as prefect of the Congregation for the Causes of Saints and stripped the rights of cardinal as a preventive measure of the investigation.
According to the press, while he was a substitute for the Secretary of State between 2011 and 2018, Becciu gave between 500,000 and 600,000 euros to Marogna, head of a company based in Slovenia and an expert in security and international relations, to start a parallel diplomacy network in the Vatican.
However, according to an investigation by the Vatican justice, Marogna bought purses, shoes, cosmetics and accessories from luxury brands, which led to the embezzlement charge for which she was arrested.
Marogna raised in an interview with the newspaper Corriere della Sera which in 2015 offered Becciu to create a “parallel diplomacy network in the countries of North Africa and the Middle East.”
Marogna’s arrest comes after Becciu was removed from his post on September 24 following an investigation into a real estate investment, the purchase of a building in London, which produced a 400 million hole in the Vatican accounts.
On the other hand, it is also in the sights of the prosecutors of the Holy See the management that the still cardinal made of a series of funds for charity and that would have ended up in the Spes cooperative, whose owner and legal representative is his brother Tonino.