Police Question Former Prime Minister's Office Employee on Graft Suspicions

Official suspected of fraudulent receiving while working at Netanyahu's Office, acting in conflict of interest.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu peers over his glasses at the weekly cabinet meeting in Jerusalem, November 29, 2015

A former senior employee of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's Office was questioned under caution by the police on Monday, on suspicion of breach of trust and fraudulent receiving while working for at the PM's Office. According to suspicions, the former official was acting in conflict of interest with regards to a company he once owned, and in other matters. 

The official was sent to house arrest for five days after his questioning. 

In October, Perah Lerner, Netayahu's adviser on Knesset affairs, was questioned on suspicion of fraud, breach of trust and other charges. The police's Lahav 433 investigative unit began looking into Lerner amid suspicions she used her position to benefit her husband, Avi Lerner, a public relations executive. Lerner has been suspended for four months by the Civil Service Commission's disciplinary committee.

In early November, Lahav 433 searched the Lerners' home and confiscated computers and files. The couple were questioned for eight hours and released with a warning not to contact anyone involved in the investigation.