Israel Basketball Association Files Fraud Complaint Against Executive

Shaul Eisenberg suspected of intentionally writing bad checks.

The Israel Basketball Association said Friday it has asked the police to investigate possible financial offenses committed by Shaul Eisenberg, a member of the organization’s board and presidium, during his times as chairman of two different basketball teams.

The complaint was filed in writing with the Israel Police national fraud unit in Lod.

On Thursday Eisenberg filed a police complaint against the IBA and its chairman, Dan Halutz.

In its complaint, the IBA claimed that while serving as chairman of Hapoel Tel Aviv and of the Nahariya men’s basketball team, Eisenberg signed guarantees and checks despite knowing that his account was blocked — a criminal offense.

“I wish to stress that in light of Mr. Eisenberg being a well-known public figure, who served for years as spokesperson of the basketball association as well as chairman of Hapoel Tel Aviv basketball (men’s and women’s) and chairman of the Nahariya basketball team; and in light of the fact that for many years, including during this period, Mr. Eisenberg has served as a member of the board and as a member of the presidium of the Israel Basketball Association, and recently also appointed as the basketball association’s director in the league administration of women’s basketball and as a member of the association’s administrative and communications directorate; and whereas the basketball association is an essential public body, I believe that it is proper for the national fraud unit to investigate the matter,” the complaint read.

Seffi Magriso