One of the suspects
Photo: Ohad Zwigenberg

Court remands suspects in seminary enrollment scheme

Jerusalem Magistrate's Court rules police have sufficient evidence against two suspects implicated in elaborate financial fraud

The Jerusalem Magistrate's Court on Monday granted the police's motion to remand the two prime suspects in an ultra-Orthodox seminary enrollment scheme.


The case, described by the police as once of the most comprehensive of its kind, focuses on suspicions that Talmudei Torah, an umbrella organization overseeing several ultra-Orthodox institutions, is involved in an elaborate scheme meant to defraud the state out of millions of shekels.


The police believe that the organization falsely reported the enrollment of numerous children, ages 3-14, to fringe haredi institutions, fraudulently collecting government grants as a result.


The court ruled that the evidence presented in the case constituted "just suspicion" and remanded the director general of Talmudei Torah for an additional seven days.


His deputy was remanded for an additional four days.


The police said that the Association Registrar reviewed Talmudei Torah in the past, following reports of alleged improprieties, but found nothing.


The court also granted a motion by the defense and issued a gag order as to the suspects' identities.


Omri Efraim contributed to this report



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