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NCO implicated in IDF equipment scam

Non-commissioned-officer suspected of buying smartphones, laptops for family and friends on military's dime

Yoav Zitun
Published: 02.07.13, 08:26 / Israel News

The Military Police has recently uncovered an acquisitions scam that saw a non-commissioned-officer with the GOC Northern Command allegedly swindle millions of shekels out of the army.

 

Ynet learned Thursday that the NCO has been questions and suspended pending the result of the investigation.

 

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According to available details, the NCO used his position – which allowed him to issue acquisition orders – to purchase various electronics and gadgets, including smartphones, laptops and tablet PCs for his family and friends.

 

The alleged purchases were made through six Defense Ministry suppliers, which include several of Israel's top communications company.

 

The Military Police suspect other career officers may be involved in the case, but stressed that the NCO is the prime suspect.

 

The Defense Ministry has temporarily suspended its contracts with the six companied linked to the case, pending the investigation's conclusion.

 

Through the course of the investigation, the Military Police have been able to recover all of the items.

 

Sources with the Military Police told Ynet that he is likely to face charges of breach of trust, fraud, tender-fixing offences and fraudulently obtaining benefits.

 

The IDF Spokesperson’s Unit said that, "The matter in under Military Police investigation. Once it is concluded, the findings will be referred to the Military Prosecution for review."

 

 

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