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IDF investigates officers' embezzlement

Army suspects career officers received grants by producing illegal certificates

Hanan Greenberg
Published: 08.14.07, 12:37 / Israel News

The IDF is investigating allegations that career officer attempted to embezzle monies from the defense establishment.

 

The military police is investigating a number of officers believed to have produced illegal certificates to apply for grants given to soldiers who attend special courses.

 

"We will work towards firing these people from the army. There is no place for people who act like this in the IDF," a military police official told Ynet.

 

The scandal broke out last year when rumors surfaced that officials at the Kidma college in Beersheba received bribes from IDF officers in return for certificates for courses they never attended.

 

An indictment was filed recently at the Military Court in Jaffa against a sergeant major who serves at the Hatzerim air base.

 

He is accused of bribery and claiming the sum of NIS 10,000 (about $2,370) from the army by presenting a forged certificate.

 

The police found that the officer had paid college officials hundreds of shekels to obtain the certificate.

Investigators estimate that hundreds of thousands of shekels were unlawfully claimed from the Defense Ministry.

 

"It is clear that we can reclaim the monies but at this point in time we prefer to give those implicated the chance to return the monies themselves," a military prosecutor told Ynet.

 

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