Foreign Ministry Employee Suspected in Theft of Hundreds of Thousands of Dollars

Suspect was the accounts manager at the Israeli embassy in Jordan from 2007-2011; he is believed to have been aided by local embassy employees.

An employee of the Israeli embassy in Jordan has been arrested on suspicions of theft, fraud and bribery.

The scope of the theft is suspected to be in the hundreds of thousands of dollars.

Foreign Ministry building (Olivier Fitoussi)
Olivier Fitoussi

The Israeli man who was arrested is believed to have been aided by local employees of the embassy.

The suspect served as the accounts manager of the embassy from 2007-2011.

In June, Foreign Ministry representatives filed a complaint about suspected legal violations committed by the employee.

He was arrested last week and released to house arrest in Israel two days ago. He has denied any connection to the charges against him.

The Israel Police's Unit of International Crime Investigations cooperated with Jordanian authorities during the investigation. A number of Jordanian nationals employed by the embassy were investigated.

One local employee of the embassy in Amman was arrested and her detention was extended by Jordanian authorities for two weeks.