מעצר עצור אזיקים אזיק חשוד אילוסטרציה
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Health Ministry worker suspected of falsely forcing ex to quarantine 4 times

Police say a 35-year-old 'external employee' working for the ministry's call center allegedly sent messages to his former girlfriend's phone about her immediate need to enter isolation due to exposure to a virus carrier

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Published: 01.14.21 , 14:52
An Israeli man working for the Health Ministry is being investigated on suspicion of falsely forcing his ex-girlfriend into coronavirus quarantine four times without medical justification, police said Thursday.
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  • The man, identified only as a 35-year-old resident of northern Israel, is suspected of various offences committed over several months, including misuse of power of office, fraud, violation of privacy and false imprisonment, a police statement said.
    מעצר עצור אזיקים אזיק חשוד אילוסטרציהמעצר עצור אזיקים אזיק חשוד אילוסטרציה
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    The suspect "sent on four separate occasions messages to his ex-girlfriend's phone about her immediate need to enter isolation due to exposure to a confirmed coronavirus patient, without her actually being exposed to such a person," police said.
    Evidence on the suspect, described as "an external employee working at one of the Health Ministry's call centres," has been handed to the justice ministry ahead of a possible indictment, police said.
    The investigation began when the health ministry became suspicious of the same person filing appeals against her isolation in four separate instances.
    There are currently over 180,000 Israelis in isolation over feared exposure to COVID-19, with nearly two million having faced the two-week confinement since the beginning of the pandemic.
    Israel, currently in its third national lockdown, has recorded nearly 524,000 coronavirus cases, more than 3,800 of them fatal.
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