Private Eye: I Took Money From Judge for Phone Records

A private investigator recently admitted accepting money from a judge for a copy of her partner's cell phone records. Amir Abramson told Tel Aviv Magistrate's Court that former Be'er Sheva family court judge Osnat Alon-Laufer paid him NIS 5,000 for the printout of Ilan Burida's calls from cellular carrier Pelephone.

The details came to light yesterday in the trial of four other defendants.

The judge, who has resigned from the bench, was indicted for criminal conspiracy, illegally accessing a computer for criminal purposes, invasion of privacy, receiving stolen goods and harassment.

Evidentiary proceedings in the former judge's trial are scheduled for next month in Tel Aviv District Court. Alon-Laufer has pleaded not guilty to all the charges. Abramson's lawyer asked yesterday that his client not be convicted and be sentenced to community service. He has been charged with criminal conspiracy, illegally accessing a computer, invasion of privacy and receiving stolen goods.

In the investigator's trial, it was revealed that the judge suspected her partner, Ilan Burida, the commander of Nafha prison near Mitzpeh Ramon, was conducting an affair with the prison's welfare officer.

Abramson and the judge were acquainted, from previous courthouse proceedings. Abramson reported meeting in an Ashdod gas station with another detective and exchanging the cash for the cell phone records.

On April 22, Abramson met with Alon-Laufer in an industrial zone in the Be'er Sheva suburb of Omer and gave her the phone records. The pair examined the records and found that Burida had spoken to the officer in question on only two occasions.

A Pelephone call center employee is accused of accessing Burida?s personal records and giving them to an associate, who gave them to the second detective. Those three were convicted yesterday under plea bargains of illicit computer access and invasion of privacy.