Police accuse ministry head of fraud in land deal
The investigation into the matter, led by the national unit Lahav 433, focused on land purchases in Yad Binyamin, following a request by State Comptroller Micha Lindenstrauss.
The police have recommended charging the director-general of the Interior Ministry with fraud and use of a false document in a land deal in Yad Binyamin. The announcement of the recommended charges against Gabi Maimon was made yesterday.
The investigation into the matter, led by the national unit Lahav 433, focused on land purchases in Yad Binyamin, following a request by State Comptroller Micha Lindenstrauss. Maimon has been on leave since news of the investigation broke out.
Accord to police, Maimon and businessman Ofer Guetta fraudulently obtained land in the community, which was reserved for residents of the Nahal Sorek Regional Council and Gush Katif evacuees. Maimon and Guetta are believed to have used front men who matched the criteria to purchase land on their behalf.
The signature of these front men on the lease documents is alleged to have been illegally verified by the head of the Nahal Sorek Regional Council, Eli Askozid. Police also believe there is sufficient evidence to charge Askozid with fraud, supplying false documents and breach of trust.
According to Maimon's lawyer, the original allegations against her client were much worse - including money laundering, which was eventually dropped - and that her client denies all the remaining charges.
Guetta's attorney said he is awaiting the decision of the prosecution.
As Maimon is already on unpaid leave, the Civil Service Commission said, no further steps appear to be necessary at this point.
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