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Bribery scandal rattles Education Ministry

Police say ministry official issued fictitious budget allotments for ultra-Orthodox seminary in Jerusalem in exchange for large sums of money

Omri Efraim
Published: 12.06.11, 14:11 / Israel News

A grave bribery scandal was recently uncovered in the Education Ministry: Two senior executives and a regional director, as well as two other men, are suspected of issuing fictitious budget allocations for an ultra-Orthodox seminary in Jerusalem in exchange for large sums of money.

 

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According to details made available on Tuesday, the officials approved budget requests noting hundreds of students – that do not exist. The scheme cost the taxpayers tens of thousands of shekels a month.

 

The investigation is ongoing and according to the police, the scheme has been in place for several months.

 

Investigators are currently looking into the possibility that other religious school in Jerusalem may have been involved as well.

 

Jerusalem District Police Fraud Unit investigators have all the suspects in custody.

 

The suspects have reportedly confessed their involvement in the case.

 

The police plans to have them arraigned before the Jerusalem Magistrate's Court.

 

 

 

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