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Italian organized crime syndicate rig prison test exams

May 25, 2016  |  Posted by: JammedUp Staff
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With 8,000 Italians desperate for employment, the prison guard exam that took place last month for 400 jobs turned out to be a chaotic fiasco.

According to the Guardian UK, prosecutors in Rome are investigating widespread cheating, which was believed to be spearheaded by the Mafia.

It has been reported that approximately 88 of the test-takers were caught with bracelets or cell phone covers that carried answers to the exams. Others are believed to have worn earpieces with radio transmitters to cheat on the test.

It is believed that the Camorra Mafia, which is based just North of Naples, may have gotten their hands on the test answers, possibly to infiltrate the prison system with their “own people” as guards in jails that are currently housing approximately 7,000 gang members and 500 bosses.

Prosecutors have also been led to believe, through posts on social media, that the criminal organization may have sold answers to other test-takers for 25,000 Euros, or approximately 28,000 US dollars.

Officials from the Rome Court have not commented on the investigation, but it has been revealed that the Justice Ministry seeks to invalidate the exams taken on that day.

Donato Capece, who is the general secretary of Sappe, Italy’s largest union for penitentiary workers, said that this entire spectacle has been “shameful.”

Youth unemployment rates in Italy have been drastically high, approximately 40% over the past three years. This cheating scandal reveals some of the woes that have had a significant adverse influence on the economy including corruption, Mafia influence, and a severe labor market.

Mina, a 29-year-old woman who took the prison guard exam, explained: “Unfortunately, those who deserve jobs are not the ones who get them.”

Cheating on exams for public employment positions is not entirely uncommon. Several criminal investigations have taken place over the course of the past couple of years, including cheating on tests for Unversity positions.

On Tuesday, dozens of young people gathered in the square near the Justice Ministry in Rome, some of these individuals are the ones who took the test back in April. The gatherers waved flags, blew whistles, and sang the national anthem all while demanding that the government should immediately hire new guards.

Maurizio, a 24-year-old protester said: “We’re sick of Italy’s indifference and code of silence.”

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