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Italian authorities arrest 11 in Milan Expo corruption probe

  • FILE - in this Thursday, April 2, 2015 file photo, a general view of Qatar pavilion under construction at the Expo site in Rho, in the outskirts of Milan, Italy. Prosecutors in Milan, Wednesday, July 6, 2016, say 11 people have been arrested in probe of Milan Expo construction contracts with links to the Sicilian Mafia. (AP Photo/Antonio Calanni, File)

    FILE - in this Thursday, April 2, 2015 file photo, a general view of Qatar pavilion under construction at the Expo site in Rho, in the outskirts of Milan, Italy. Prosecutors in Milan, Wednesday, July 6, 2016, say 11 people have been arrested in probe of Milan Expo construction contracts with links to the Sicilian Mafia. (AP Photo/Antonio Calanni, File)  (The Associated Press)

  • FILE - In this Thursday, April 2, 2015 file photo, a general view of the France pavilion under construction at the Expo site in Rho, in the outskirts of Milan, Italy. Prosecutors in Milan, Wednesday, July 6, 2016, say 11 people have been arrested in probe of Milan Expo construction contracts with links to the Sicilian Mafia. (AP Photo/Antonio Calanni, File)

    FILE - In this Thursday, April 2, 2015 file photo, a general view of the France pavilion under construction at the Expo site in Rho, in the outskirts of Milan, Italy. Prosecutors in Milan, Wednesday, July 6, 2016, say 11 people have been arrested in probe of Milan Expo construction contracts with links to the Sicilian Mafia. (AP Photo/Antonio Calanni, File)  (The Associated Press)

  • Italian prosecutors Ilda Boccassini, left, and Francesco Greco attend a press conference on a police operation which led to the arrest of 11 people in a probe of Milan Expo construction contracts with links to the Sicilian Mafia, in Milan, Italy, Wednesday, July 5, 2016. (Stefano Porta/ANSA Via AP)

    Italian prosecutors Ilda Boccassini, left, and Francesco Greco attend a press conference on a police operation which led to the arrest of 11 people in a probe of Milan Expo construction contracts with links to the Sicilian Mafia, in Milan, Italy, Wednesday, July 5, 2016. (Stefano Porta/ANSA Via AP)  (The Associated Press)

Italian authorities have arrested 11 people in a probe of corruption linked to the Sicilian Mafia and construction contracts for Milan's Expo 15 fair.

Milan Judge Maria Cristina Mannocci wrote that company administrators, consultants and accountants closed their eyes to corruption and mob links relating to the fair that was a point of pride for Premier Matteo Renzi.

Prosecutors told reporters in Milan Wednesday they had seized 5 million euros ($5.6 million) in assets, including 400,000 euros in cash found in a truck traveling from the Milan area to Sicily. Anti-Mafia prosecutors allege that the cash was being laundered.

Among the alleged crimes are false bookkeeping, tax evasion, money-laundering, embezzlement and, for two of the arrested suspects, helping Cosa Nostra.