Chiara Ferragni and Alessandra Balocco investigated for fraud, financiers at company headquarters for acquisition of documents

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Chiara Ferragni is under investigation for aggravated fraud as part of the investigation by the Milan Prosecutor’s Office which focuses on the case of the Pink Christmas pandoro produced by the Piedmontese company Balocco. The registration was decided by the deputy prosecutor Eugenio Fusco. In addition to Chiara Ferragni, the Milan Prosecutor’s Office has included Alessandra Balocco, president and CEO of the Piedmontese company, in the register of suspects. The alleged crime, also based on a ruling by the Supreme Court, is fraud aggravated by the impaired consumer protection as it was committed with the IT system.

Ferragni: I’m calm

«I am calm because I have always acted in good faith and I am sure that this will emerge from the ongoing investigations. I have full faith in the activity of the judiciary and I immediately made myself available with my lawyers to collaborate and clarify every detail of what happened in the shortest possible time.” Chiara Ferragni, assisted by the lawyers Marcello Bana and Giuseppe Iannaccone, commented on the news relating to the registration in the register of suspects – on charges of aggravated fraud – by the Milan prosecutor’s office for the sale of Balocco pandori. «I am, however, deeply disturbed – concludes Ferragni – by the exploitation that some of the media is carrying out, even by spreading news that is objectively untrue».

Financiers in the Balocco headquarters

The turning point, in the file opened just before Christmas by the Milan prosecutor Eugenio Fusco arrives on the day in which the note from the Financial Police arrived on the table of the office on the fourth floor of the Palace of Justice and the Fiamme Gialle crossed – in the early afternoon of 8 January – the entrance to the headquarters of the Balocco factory in Fossano, in the province of Cuneo, to acquire the documentation relating to Pink Christmas 2022 Christmas promotional campaignthe pandoro that was supposed to support the Regina Margherita hospital in Turin.

The hypothesis – which cost the digital entrepreneur a million euro fine from the Antitrust – is that she implied that by purchasing the pandoro, research on osteosarcoma and Ewing’s sarcoma would be supported to buy a new machinery, but in reality the sale would not have affected the charity and an already established sum. A reconstruction, which in light of the exchange of emails between the confectionery group and Ferragni, led the Milanese prosecutor’s office to hypothesize the crime of fraud aggravated by the impaired defence, an aggravating circumstance which occurs – according to some rulings of the Supreme Court – when the alleged scam takes place on platforms online.

Chiara Ferragni, as well as the managing director Alessandra Balocco and the respective staff involved will soon be called by the Milan prosecutor’s office to answer to clarify the aspects of an agreement stipulated in November 2011 and in which it will be necessary to demonstrate the unfair profit and where it would have been obtained ( to establish territorial jurisdiction) and the damage for each consumer who purchased the designer pandoro for over 9 euros.

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