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Parmalat board member jailed

ROME -- A banker who had served on Parmalat's board of directors was jailed yesterday on charges of criminal association and fraudulent bankruptcy, widening the fallout from the food company's fraud scandal.

Franco Gorreri became the 10th person arrested in the case. Because of the Parmalat investigation, Gorreri had recently temporarily stepped aside as chairman of Banca Monte Parma, said Maurizio Raponi, head of the tax police office in Bologna.

Raponi said Gorreri was being investigated for his former role on Parmalat's board and not for his role at Banca Monte Parma. The bank, founded in 1488, is the main local bank in Parma.

Also yesterday, two jailed former Parmalat officials returned to company headquarters to help investigators shed light on the fraud. Fausto Tonna, the former chief financial officer, and Gianfranco Bocchi, an accountant, were escorted by police from prison in Parma to the headquarters in nearby Collecchio.

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