MILAN Dec 20 Prosecutors in Milan have asked
for Telecom Italia and 89 people to stand trial in
connection with a probe into fake SIM cards issued between 2007
and 2009, judicial sources said on Thursday.
Prosecutors estimate the fraud to have generated 130 million
euros ($172 million) in illegal profits for Telecom Italia and
to have concerned more than half a million SIM cards, the
In March prosecutors notified 99 people - including three
managers and 11 employees of Telecom Italia as well as dealers
in 66 SIM card shops - of the investigation.
Telecom Italia was not immediately available to comment.
It has previously said it had taken all necessary measures
to "eliminate the phenomenon" and has fired the 14 employees
The head of Telecom Italia's Brazilian unit TIM
Participacoes resigned earlier this year over a
separate probe into irregular SIM cards, some of which were
issued to deceased or non-existent individuals to inflate sales
($1 = 0.7542 euros)
(Reporting By Manuela D'Alessandro; Editing by Helen