Court Extends Detention for Jerusalem Soccer Club Owner Accused of Sex Crimes & Fraud

Beitar Jerusalem owner Moshe Hogeg, who refutes the charges, consented to the extension to allow police to wrap up their investigation

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Beit Jerusalem soccer club owner Moshe Hogeg in Jerusalem last year.
Beit Jerusalem soccer club owner Moshe Hogeg in Jerusalem last year.Credit: AFP / Emmanuel Dunand
Josh Breiner
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A district court ordered an eight-day extension on Tuesday to the detention of Beitar Jerusalem owner Moshe Hogeg over allegations of fraud and sexual misconduct. 

The extension was ordered with the consent of Hogeg, who denies any wrongdoing in the case. At the end of the period in custody, he is expected to be released to a month’s house arrest on bail of 50 million shekels ($15.8 million). His release on bail will apparently require his wife and another relative, who will be in charge of supervising him, to each post 20 million shekels, in addition to another 10 million to be posted by Hogeg himself.

At Tuesday’s hearing, which Hogeg did not attend, the court required that if he violates the terms of his house arrest, he will owe another 20 million shekels. He will also be barred from having contact with others involved in the case for 180 days.

The prosecution is considering whether to separate the sexual allegations against him from the financial ones, which could result in his indictment within the next two weeks on the sexual allegations and continued investigation of financial suspicions against him. At this stage, however, it appears that all the indictments will be filed together because the alleged sexual offenses are related to the suspicions of financial fraud.

It is suspected, for example, that Hogeg paid to have a well-known model have sexual relations with potential investors whom he was trying to convince to invest in his business enterprises. It is also suspected that he then used the investments to pay for sexual relations for other investors and for himself. In exchange, Hogeg allegedly gave the women jewelry, luxury handbags, clothing and cellphones at a total value of hundreds of thousands of shekels. On Monday, the police staged a confrontation between Hogeg and a well-known model who is one of the complainants against him.

The businessman, who was arrested about three weeks ago, is suspected of committing more than 10 sexual offenses, including procuring the services of an underage prostitute, maintaining premises for purposes of prostitution, consensual sexual intercourse with a minor, publication and presentation of obscene material. Other allegations against him include causing an individual to engage in prostitution, supplying drugs and alcohol to minors, human trafficking, indecent acts, invasion of privacy and possession of child pornography.

Regarded financial crimes, Hogeg is alleged to have committed fraud involving hundreds of millions of shekels in cryptocurrencies, as well as theft, conspiracy, aggravated fraud and violating money-laundering laws. He is further suspected of drug-related offenses, false corporate record-keeping and intentional concealment of income.

Eight other suspects – present or past employees of the Singulariteam venture capital fund that Hogeg established – have also been arrested in the case. Last week, police signed an agreement with one of the eight to turn state’s evidence.

Hogeg’s lawyers, Amit Hadad and Moshe Mazor, said the extension of their client’s time in custody was done with their consent to enable law enforcement officials to wrap up their investigation.

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