Doctors Charged With Defrauding Nat'l Insurance

Two physicians were indicted yesterday in the Rishon Letzion Magistrate's Court for repeatedly defrauding the National Insurance Institute between 2000 and 2007.

Dr. David Adivi, an orthopedist at Wolfson Medical Center in Holon, stands accused of taking bribes and breach of trust. Dr. Mark Zeevin, the Health Ministry's district psychiatrist, is charged with providing false certificates and other counts of attempted fraud.

According to the charge sheet, Adivi, 64, from Rishon Letzion, received envelopes containing between NIS 500 and NIS 1,000 in cash, plus a coffee machine, from Yosef Tzemach. In exchange, he instructed various associates of Tzemach's on how to obtain disabled status from the NII. He also allegedly made sure that he sat on the disability committees before which Tzemach's associates appeared.

Zeevin allegedly took money from various people in exchange for fake psychiatric opinions that declared the recipients disabled. Tzemach was also indicted in January for advising people to increase their life insurance and disability policies and then staging accidents so they could receive the insurance money. He mediated between these individuals and five doctors, including Adivi and Zeevin, who produced false medical documents.

At the request of Haaretz, the court released the names of two of the other three doctors who are suspects in the case: Dr. Ernesto Glazer, a radiologist with the Clalit health maintenance organization, and Dr. Avraham Bein, an orthopedist at Assaf Harofeh Hospital in Tzrifin.