There is also a piece of Genoa in the docuseries on Wanna Marchi, the “queen of telesales” convicted of aggravated scam and fraudulent bankruptcy, which is becoming popular on Netflix these days. The four-part series, by Alessandro Garramone, is produced by Fremantle.
Wanna Marchi, his daughter Stefania Nobile and the self-styled “teacher of life” Mário Pacheco Do Nascimento, in fact, had started selling lucky numbers for the lottery game, talismans, amulets and kits against evil influences. But in an investigation conducted by the satirical news channel “Striscia la Notizia” we can see how – in reality – they pushed customers to buy other very expensive “good luck” products with threatening phrases such as “I wish you all the evil in the world” and foreseeing misfortunes in the case in which the unfortunate did not take measures against the evil eye. A scam with which, by their admission, the three compete for “12-15 billion a month”.
In the last episode (the fourth) of the miniseries he also compares Genoa with different images shot by “Striscia”: we have to go back over the years, in 2001, to the Do Nascimento escape in Brazil to escape judicial inquiries. Do Nascimento also brought a container: “We arrived just in time – says Ergiuseppe Cananzi, commander of the Guardia di Finanza in the miniseries – to take this container to the port of Bahia, load it back onto the ship and send it back to Italy”. To be precise in Genoa.
In the TV series we also see the correspondent of Striscia, Jimmy Ghione, asking Cananzi, in Genoa, what he expected to find in the container: “Let’s hope something interesting for the investigation”. And in fact, when the container was opened, there was really everything: furniture, carpets, paintings, TVs, silverware, Chinese vases and other objects of great value.
But it is not the only link with the Ligurian capital: in the miniseries Raimondo Lagostena, Genoese television publisher, former owner of the Profit group, which Telegenova was also part of along with other broadcasters, is also interviewed. Between the 80s and 90s – the docufilm reports – a professional partnership was born between Wanna Marchi and a marquis, Attilio Capra De Carrè: the man, who had always been interested in real estate, began investing in advertising. In 1994 Marchi and Nobile meet him to explain their ideas to him, that is to create cosmetic products with their brand and sell them on TV, and he agrees to try. At that point Lagostena, owner of some TVs, comes into play, invited to a dinner organized by the Marquis: “I get a request to meet a character (the Marquis, ed) that you want to ‘taken over’ Wanna Marchi. comes from important levels “. In the series the name of Marcello Dell’Utri is mentioned, one of the most powerful characters of Italian TV and advertising at the time. “Let’s combine this dinner – Lagostena says in front of Netflix cameras – and the Marquis says he wants to discover the world of telesales, that he hires Wanna Marchi, and says that I should sell the spaces. In the end we reached an agreement. The dinner was very elegant and served with a person who stood out, he was a Brazilian “. None other than Do Nascimento, who meets Wanna Marchi in this way for the first time: the rest of the story – which develops in the following years – is now known.