Israel Tax Authority Crackdown Reaps NIS 1 Billion in Allegedly Fake Invoices

Charges filed against fuel suppliers in Ashdod and Nazareth magistrate's courts.

The Israel Tax Authority has laid charges against a number of fuel suppliers for allegedly distributing fake invoices totaling about NIS 1 billion.

Charges have been filed recently in the Ashdod and Nazareth magistrate's courts against Yaakov Biton and his companies Shui Energy and Ein Kol Aosher; as well as Mundar Badir, the owner of Tazkikim; and others.

Biton and Badir were remanded to custody until the end of proceedings.

The indictments follow extensive investigations by detectives from the Tel Aviv and Be'er Sheva value-added-tax departments, the central district income-tax investigation unit, and police units in the Negev.

Badir has been charged with a wide range of tax offenses, including the deduction of NIS 190 million based on allegedly phony invoices. He is also accused of obstructing legal proceedings and investigations, and fraudulently applying to the Tel Aviv District Court for the liquidation of DBI Energia. Badir allegedly falsely claimed to have supplied the company with fuel in order to balance the inventory on his books resulting from the fake invoices. He is also accused of assaulting two investigators.

Charges against Biton involve the distribution of about NIS 830 million in fake invoices. Biton also allegedly helped others dodge taxes and keep false records. The court remanded him to custody until March 18.

Israel Tax Authority offices in Jerusalem.
Lior Mizrahi