Tax Auth. Legal Advisor Resigns in Wake of Scandals

The legal advisor of the Israel Tax Authority, Moshe Mizrahi, announced his resignation yesterday.

Mizrahi has served in the post for six years and has worked at the authority for 20 years. Mizrahi had viewed himself as a candidate to replace present tax commissioner Yehuda Nasradishi, who is leaving his post at the end of the month.

After various bribery and other reccent scandals were exposed at the authority, Mizrahi was also questioned, but the State Prosecutor's Office decided not to indict him, or pres disciplinary charges, due to a lack of evidence. He was suspected of updating senior tax official Eitan Rub on various criminal investigations related to Rub.

State Comptroller Micha Lindenstrauss, who received information on the investigations, said in a report last year: "Mizrahi's continued service in the Tax Authority is extremely problematic, and may serve as an opening for ethical damage to the civil service."