Former minister Gonen Segev was indicted yesterday at Tel Aviv Magistrate's Court on charges of attempting to fraudulently receive NIS 20,387 and with credit card fraud, all under aggravated circumstances.
Segev and two other defendants were remanded without bail following charges of conspiring to smuggle 32,000 Ecstasy tablets from the Netherlands to Israel.
Segev was in Hong Kong between November 12-19 last year and had a Platinum Mastercard. According to the indictment, Segev had his ex-wife telephone the Isracard company on November 15 to report - with intent to defraud - that he no longer had the card because it was lost or stolen and to cancel the card.
On November 20, after returning to Israel, Segev said he had been pickpocketed on November 14 while withdrawing cash in Hong Kong and hadn't seen his card since.
The prosecution says Segev made six withdrawals the same day, which he denies.
The prosecution said "aggravated circumstances" was warranted because Segev's status as a former cabinet minister enhanced his credibility in the eyes of Isracard employees.