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Antonio La Torre

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Antonio La Torre is an Italian restaurateur and member of the Camorra. He is the brother of Augusto La Torre, the former head of the powerful La Torre clan from Mondragone. In 1984 he moved to Aberdeen in Scotland with his Scottish wife, Gillian Fraser, evading the authorities in Italy. Until his arrest and subsequent extradition to Italy in March 2005, he was in charge of the clan's local branch in Aberdeen, Scotland, where he managed the clan's day-to-day activities and businesses (both legitimate and illegitimate). La Torre ran two Italian restaurants in Aberdeen, Pavarotti's and the Sorrento.

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Biography

La Torre was born in 1956 to Francesco Tiberio La Torre and his wife Paolina. He has a brother Augusto La Torre who was born three years later.

Criminal career

He is said to have laundered money from Italy through his own legitimate businesses (including his own restaurants) through the method of setting up fake companies, taking out loans to order goods from Italy, then bankrupting the companies so that the money was legitimised and the imports could be sold for well below their value. On a business trip in 1996 to Amsterdam, he was arrested and extradited to Italy, where he was jailed for 4 years for firearm offences and mafia association. He served only 15 months of his sentence but wasn't allowed to leave the country. On appeal, he was deemed a non-threat and allowed back to Scotland. The charge of "mafia association" dated back to 1984, but extradition was not possible due to there being no such equivalent crime in the UK. In 2004, an Italian court sentenced him to 13 years imprisonment for fraud and racketeering charges, after being tried in absentia. In 2005 he went on the run in Scotland when an international search warrant for his name was issued.

Personal life

La Torre has three children with his (as of 2014) estranged wife Gillian Fraser, an oil industry worker who was born in Scotland. They married in 1982, moved to Aberdeen in 1984 and he became a naturalised British citizen in 1994.

References

Antonio La Torre Wikipedia


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