Police on the Italian island of Sicily arrested an ambulance worker who was suspected of killing people to earn money from a funeral home linked to the mafia, multiple sources have confirmed.
The man alleged is to have injected air into the veins of at least three ill patients as they were transported back to their homes. The prisoner has reportedly been paid €300 (£265) for each corpse. Italian media have entitled this nightmare the "ambulances of death" scandal.
Italian 'Ambulances of Death' Worker Arrested of Killing People to Earn Money From a Funeral Parlour
Police arrested the man after a contact, who is believed to be a reformed mafia member, gave the details to authorities in the city of Catania and to an investigative television programme. The ambulance worker has been charged with voluntary homicide.
It is allegedly reported that the 42-year-old man injected air into the veins of patients after which patients die of an embolism.
The suspect is said to have then taken advantage of mourning families by recommending a funeral agency linked to the Sicilian mafia, from which he used to gain commission.