Israel Police Recommend Indicting Supermarket Mogul Rami Levy

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Rami Levy, founder and chief executive officer of Rami Levy Chain Stores Hashikma Marketing 2006 Ltd., Israel's largest discount food retailer, sits on a row of shopping carts outside a Rami Levy Supermarket in Jerusalem, Israel on Sunday, Nov. 23, 2014.
Rami Levy.Credit: Bloomberg

The Israel Police are recommending that Rami Levy, the controlling shareholder of the supermarket chain that bears his name, be indicted on suspicion of illegal use of information about employees and competitors.

In March, Levy was questioned by police along with his son-in-law, Ofir Atias, who manages Rami Levy Communications, the cellular service provider owned by the supermarket chain. Levy’s interrogation was conducted under caution, meaning that he was questioned as a possible criminal suspect.

The investigation is understood to involve alleged use of customer information from Rami Levy Cellular. A Justice Ministry technology division was involved in the questioning in March and a former operations director of Rami Levy Cellular was questioned earlier. In March the company denied that any illegal use of information.

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