Argentine Immigrant Named as IDF Soldier Who Stole Ashkenazi's Credit Card

Louis Muskata of Ra'anana also indicted for stealing IDF rifle in order to sell it to criminal operatives.

The Israel Defense Forces on Wednesday named the soldier suspected of stealing Chief of Staff Gabi Ashkenazi's credit card as Corporal Louis Maskuta, a recent immigrant to Israel from Argentina.

Maskuta lived in Ra'anana with his parents, who moved to the largely-immigrant city after they immigrated to Israel from Argentina four years ago.

According to an indictment issued Wednesday, Muskata is accused of stealing Chief of Staff Gabi Ashkenazi's credit card data last month while he was serving as a security guard at his office.

Muskata is suspected of giving the details of the card to Mohammad Majadele, 22, to pay off debts to him.

Majadele allegedly used the card to purchase items worth around NIS 1,700 at a store in the Sharon region where he is employed. Unbeknownst to Majadele, a cashier at the same store purchased a further NIS 620 worth of goods on the same card.

Police also suspect that Maskuta stole a decorative handgun from Ashkenazi's office and sold it to criminal operatives. When Maskuta discovered that the handgun was not functional, he allegedly stole a rifle from a fellow soldier guarding the Kirya's front gate, in order to repay the NIS 4,000 he received for the handgun.