Fugitive arrested after boasting about cooking skills in newspaper following 17 years on the run

Friday, 03 February 2023 – An Italian mafia fugitive Edgardo Greco, 63, who had been on the run for 17 years, hadms been arrested after he boasted about his authentic Italian recipes in a local newspaper in France.

The mafia boss who was working undercover as a pizza maker was captured after evading authorities for 17 years, according to French officials.

The anti-mafia police said 63-year-old Edgardo Greco was caught working as a pizzaiolo in Saint-Etienne last week.

Greco was part of the ‘Ndrangheta’ (Calabria mafia) and sentenced in absentia for the murder of two brothers from a rival clan in the 1990s. The men are presumed to have been dissolved in acid based on the testimony of turncoats.

The anti-mafia police said Greco was convicted for the murder of brothers Stefano and Giuseppe Bartolomeo.

While in France, Greco had adopted a new identity, Paolo Dimitrio, despite being on Italy’s most wanted list since 2006. 

The Italian press reported Greco was even featured in a local French paper as “an authentic Italian pizza maker.”

Authorities said he was arrested on an Interpol arrest warrant and will likely be extradited to Italy.

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