Maria Licciardi, 70, was arrested at Rome’s Ciampino Airport while trying to fly to Spain, prosecutors said. She was previously among Italy’s top 30 wanted fugitives and was nicknamed “a piccirella” (“a little one”) by mobsters, for her petite build.
A suspected top female mafia boss dubbed the “godmother” in Italy has been arrested while trying to board a flight to Spain.
Maria Licciardi, 70, was detained at Rome’s Ciampino Airport as she checked in her luggage on Saturday morning.
Investigators claim Licciardi, from Naples, ran extortion rackets as head of the Licciardi Camorra crime syndicate clan.
Naples prosecutors previously described her as a true “madrina”, or “godmother”, of the group.
Carabinieri police officers said Licciardi “didn’t bat an eyelash” as they carried out the arrest on orders of Naples prosecutors.
According to the agency, she is also accused of mafia-type association, extortion, and receiving stolen money.