Yehuda Weinstein
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AG's wife charged with illegally employing migrant
Aviva Weinstein indicted for employing Indian foreign worker without permit in 2009
The Population, Immigration and Borders Authority filed an indictment Sunday against Aviva Weinstein, the wife of Attorney General Yehuda Weinstein, for illegally employing a migrant worker.


The indictment was filed with the Tel Aviv Labor Court following an extensive investigation and after the State Prosecutor's Office gave the Interior Ministry the green light to go ahead with the procedure.


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According to the indictment, between January and August 2009, Weinstein employed Soze Felix in various house chores. The indictment said that Felix was illegally employed as he was a migrant worker not permitted to work in Israel in housework.


The affair was exposed in December 2010 when it was discovered that the Weinsteins had been employing the India-born man. Weinstein had not yet assumed the position of attorney general at the time.


While Felix had been staying in Israel legally, he was not permitted to work in housework. Migrant workers are usually given permits in the fields of construction, agriculture and nursing.


The worker returned to India with time still left on his visa after the affair was exposed.


If convicted, Aviva Weinstein could be ordered to pay a fine which could amount to tens of thousands of shekels, though the offence warrants jail time by law. The Immigration Authority has recently stepped up its enforcement against employers of illegal migrant workers.


Aviel Magnezi contributed to this report



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