Bar Refaeli Lodges Police Complaint Claiming Identity Theft

Israeli supermodel, who is being investigated by tax authorities, claims her name was used without her knowledge in order to open overseas accounts.

Bar Refaeli, May 13, 2015.
AP

Israeli supermodel Bar Refaeli filed a complaint with police on Wednesday, claiming that she is the victim of identity theft. Refaeli, 30, claims that business people used her name and identity in order to open overseas accounts and companies from which funds would be transferred to them.

As proof, Refaeli showed investigators at a Tel Aviv police station a report in Sundays Calcalist financial newspaper, headlined Bar Refaeli and Amir Bramlys Singapore secret. The article cites documents which state that Bramly, an Israeli businessman, told Swiss bank officials that the transfer of money between him and Refaeli stemmed from their partnership in several business ventures in Singapore, some of them connected to real estate.

Refali told police investigators that she was surprised to find her name in the report since she doesnt know Bramly and has no business relationship with him. She also claimed that contrary to what was reported she was not a partner in any company in Singapore. She said that if she was registered as such, it indicated that someone had stolen her identity without her knowledge.

The Tax Authority is investigating suspicions that Refaeli and her mother did not report their entire revenues and concealed essential details regarding Refaelis residence in Israel and the taxation of her overseas income, estimated at tens of millions of shekels. Refaeli and her mother are also suspected of receiving celebrity rebates on dwellings and various products, to the tune of more than one million shekels.

Bramly, owner and founder of the Rubicon Group, has been accused by the Israel Securities Authority of misleading investors. His financial empire is under control of a court-appointed receiver.