Mafia in Africa 2 exposes the fraudulent business empire of Italian criminal Curio Pintus, who was sentenced to three years in jail in 2001 for laundering drug money for the 'ndrangheta, but remains active as CEO of US “merchant bank”, the Pintus Group.

An intercontinental team of journalists have traced the financier’s dealings with the mafia from the 1990s to his present day operations.

In recent years, Pintus and his criminal associates have courted investors and partners using bogus financial documents and credentials. In 2011, the group attempted to lure Senegal's president and Ministry of Finance into a phoney $200bn development deal. And last year, Pintus became embroiled in a multi-billion dollar UN-sponsored anti-Ebola project for West Africa after being handed a no-bid contract by the Sao Tomé and Principe Ambassador to the UN, Mr. Angelo Antonio Toriello.

The investigation also reveals the hidden players behind a deal that brought Rome's waste management public company, AMA, to Senegal. The multi-million contract between AMA and the Dakara government was never designed to make a profit, but to serve an elite group of businessmen, among them a well-known mafia member.

This investigation was funded through Journalismfund.eu's Connecting Continents programme. It is the follow-up to IRPI's 2015 Mafia in Africa project, funded through Journalismfund.eu's European cross-border programme and created to expose the mafia infiltration of the African continent.

Team members

Lorenzo Bagnoli

Lorenzo Bagnoli is co-director, journalist, editor and coordinator of international projects at IrpiMedia.

Lorenzo Bagnoli

Khadija Sharife

Khadija Sharife is an investigative writer and researcher based in South Africa.

Lorenzo Bodrero

Lorenzo Bodrero is an investigative and data journalist from Italy, co-founder of the investigative outlet IrpiMedia.

Lorenzo Bodrero

Cecilia Anesi

Cecilia Anesi (1987) is an Italian journalist and reporter at the Investigative Reporting Project Italy (IRPI).

Craig Shaw

Craig Shaw is a British journalist and editor of The Black sea Project.

Craig Shaw

Giulio Rubino

Giulio Rubino (1980) is an Italian journalist.

Momar Dieng

Momar Dieng is a freelance Senegalese journalist based in Dakar. 

grant of €14,500 and a grant of € 4,500, allocated on 7 August and 6 October 2015.
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