Police Recommend Charging El Al Employees Suspected of Large-scale Theft From Airline

Three employees in Eastern Europe suspected of helping themselves to the company's bank accounts and safe over years

El AL, on the runway at Ben Gurion International airport near Tel Aviv August 22, 2011.
Ronen Zvulun, Reuters

The police have wrapped up their investigation into three former employees of El Al Israel Airlines, who are suspected of lavishly helping themselves to money from the bank accounts and safe while working for the airline in Eastern Europe.

The police recommended to the prosecution that charges be pressed against the three for fraud, money-laundering, and tax dodging, it said Wednesday morning.

The employees in question worked for El Al from 2008 to 2013 in Romania and Poland and allegedly employed various methods to steal money from the company over the years.

They are suspected, among other things, of moving money out of the company’s bank accounts into other bank accounts, taking money out of El Al's accounts and safe for their own private needs, including through inflating their expenses, and giving the company forged invoices for reimbursement.

Now the prosecution has to decide whether to pursue charges.

El Al was privatized in 2006. Most recently the company made headlines when a flap ensued after it asked women to change seats on flights, at the request of ultra-Orthodox men who refuse to sit next to women. In June, an Israeli court ruled that the airline can't do that and awarded damages to a woman who had agreed, reluctantly, to move, then sued.