The leader of Damanhur in trouble for tax evasion
Oberto Airaudi should have paid 2.2million in income tax and 600,000 in VAT
Tax trouble for Oberto Airaudi, 59 years old, known as ‘Falco’, founder in 1975 of the esoteric community of Damanhur that has its headquarters in Baldissero Canavese. A control by Ivrea tax authorities has brought to light a lack of income tax payments amounting to 2.2 million and another 600,000 euro relative to VAT.
The investigation by the Ivrea tax authorities relates to the period 2004 – 2007. The considerable real estate holdings of Airaudi have also come under the magnifying glass.
But Damanhur has distanced itself from the financial ups and downs of its founder:
“The controls by the tax authorities – declared representative of the Community Coboldo Melo – relate to the personal wealth of Airaudi and not to Damanhur directly. We are confident that he and his legal representatives will be able to clear up the situation.”
The question is still open in fact, and the legal representatives of Falco will have consigned the defense documents as is legally required which constitute the cross-examination. The Ivrea revenue service will then have to examine them to establish any eventual action and sanctions. The Ivrea Public Prosecutor’s Office has also opened a file with regard to Airaudi for tax evasion but the investigation is still in progress.
The case has obviously created quite a sensation and considerable interest in Canavese. Damanhur was founded in 1975 by Airaudi. Over the past 34 years the Community has expanded from a tight group of adepts at its headquarters in Baldissero, to international proportions with thousands of supporters all over the world. The heart of the Federation of Communities of Damanhur as the Damanhurians define it has remained in Baldissero, Canavese, in Valchiusella, where a vast complex of temples and buildings have been excavated in the Canavese hills. They define themselves as an eco-society: a federation of communities and eco-villages with their own social and political structure in continuous evolution. The Federation of Damanhur is a center for spiritual, artistic and social research known all over the world. Its philosophy is based on action and optimism and the idea that every human being lives to leave behind something of him or herself for others and to contribute to the growth and evolution of all humanity. Members have a strong ecological awareness and respect for nature, so much so, many of them have abandoned their own names for those of animals and plants. For this reason the founder Oberto Airaudi is known by his Damanhurian name Falco.
Torino – CRONACA QUI – 07/08/2009 – page 12.
Translated from the original Italian article.
Recent legal searches have revealed that Oberto Airaudi’s ‘personal wealth’ is not so easily separated from that of Damanhur, in fact it would not be too much of an exaggeration to say that Oberto Airaudi is Damanhur.
According to the national register he owns 49 houses/apartments and 60 areas of land. The Damanhurian houses registered in his name include the Temple House ‘Porta del Sole’, a house in Etulte, 3 houses in Tentyris Village, several apartments in Damanhur’s first settlement Damjl, apartments in the Damanhur Vidracco housing development project and the house of ‘Aval’ at Cuceglio.
He also owns 2 houses by the sea which are occasionally used by the Viaggio and 26 properties in Balengero.
The 60 areas of land are mostly located in and around Damanhurian settlements with the exception of a piece of land in Balengero which is used almost every weekend by the Viaggio as its secret destination.
It is indeed curious that in the Torino Cronaca Qui article, Damanhurian spokesman Coboldo Melo declares:
“The controls by the tax authorities relate to the personal wealth of Airaudi and not to Damanhur directly”…
when a large proportion of Airaudi’s Italian real estate wealth is an intrinsic part of Damanhur. Let’s hope the tax authorities are well aware that Damanhurians pay rent to the Federation (Airaudi) in order to live in Community houses. It forms part of their monthly quota.
The Temple of Humankind is now owned by the Temple Association but the right to benefit from its use is held entirely by Airaudi.
Damanhurians are not allowed to be property owners…they are required to donate all their houses and land to the Community housing Coops. If they ever leave Damanhur, they leave empty handed.
And who owns the houses in the Coops…? No one seems to know…most of the equity in the houses is guaranteeing bank loans, 10 million Euros worth…which citizens are paying off as part of their quota.
First you donate your house…then Damanhur raises a loan on the equity…then you get to pay back the loan in monthly installments…
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