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Israeli singer Margalit Tzan'ani performing at a rally of social protesters in Be'er Sheva on August 13, 2011. Photo by Oren Ziv
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One of Israel's most popular singers, Margalit Tzan'ani, accused of extorting her manager Asaf Atadagi, is expected to be sentenced to community service following a plea bargain, Channel 2 reported on Wednesday.

Known criminal Michael Hazan, who carried out the extortions, is expected to serve 12 to 18 months in prison.

Police suspect that Tzan'ani asked crime figures associated with the Amir Mullner crime family to collect a debt for her from her Atadagi, her manager. Atadagi is also the manager for singer Omer Adam, and Tzan'ani is believed to have thought she deserved a commission for Adam's success.

Investigators from the national unit on economic crimes are also looking into whether Tzan'ani influenced the outcome of the vote on "A Star is Born" - the Keshet TV talent show on which she serves as a judge.

They suspect she tried to turn the tables in favor of contestant Liron Ramati, who in fact reached the finals in the last season.

"I did not approach crime figures, that's not my way," Tzan'ani told investigators when she was arrested last August . She added that she and Atadagi were in disagreement over money, but that she had not involved the crime family.

Tzan'ani, 57, is of the most powerful women on the Israeli Mediterranean music scene.

Her first album, "Na'ari Shuva Eli" ("My Boy, Come Back to Me" ) came out in 1985 when she was 32. Since then, she has released 15 more solo albums.

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