Tax Authority official arrested on corruption charges
David Vanunu, head of field intelligence and investigations at the Israel Tax Authority, is suspected of accepting bribery in exchange for advancing various interests within the authority.
David Vanunu, head of field intelligence and investigations at the Israel Tax Authority and others were arrested Tuesday morning after a secret probe revealed that they allegedly guilty of fraud, committing and assisting in bribery, money laundering and tax crimes.
The people arrested along with Vanunu are not Tax Authority employees, but rather business professionals who transferred illicit funds in their own names or names of others. Vanunu is suspected of accepting bribery in exchange for advancing various interests within the authority.
The suspects will be remanded at 4 P.M. at the Shalom Court in Rishon Letzion.
This is the second corruption charge alleged at Israeli state officials in the past week. Last Tuesday, police arrested Petah Tikva's leading municipality figures, including the mayor, on Tuesday for alleged bribery, fraud, and money laundering.
The National Fraud Investigation unit arrested Petah Tikva Mayor Yitzhak Ohayon, Deputy Mayor Oriel Bosso, as well as a group of other municipality employees.
Police suspect that the suspects illegally received money and favors both during and after an election campaign in 2008. They are also suspected of receiving money from business owners who had interests in the city.
Police took action over the allegations in Petah Tikva raiding the city hall, searching the suspects' homes, and confiscating material from their computers.
After being arrested, the suspects were interrogated by the Israel Anti Fraud Unit in Lod.