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Kirschenbaum (L) and Elinson
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Evidence shows Kirschenbaum allegedly received bribes
Former deputy minister Faina Kirschenbaum, charged with multiple counts of bribery, fraud and breach of trust, money laundering and tax offenses, may have received bribes from head of Jewish youth movement who deleted incriminating files ahead of investigation.

Evidence presented to the court in the trial of former deputy minister Faina Kirschenbaum shows she received free flights abroad, electronics, and funding to conduct surveys from the Ezra USA Jewish youth movement.

 

 

The executive director of Ezra USA, Daniel Elinson, who is suspected of bribing Kirschenbaum for political favors, said the flights, electronics and survey funding were neither favors nor bribery, and that he acted in good faith and in a fair and honest manner.

 

Despite that, Elinson deleted files from his computer pertaining to the case ahead of the police's inquiry against him.

 

Faina Kirschenbaum (L) and Daniel Elinson (Photo: Motti Kimchi)
Faina Kirschenbaum (L) and Daniel Elinson (Photo: Motti Kimchi)

 

At court, he was asked to explain why he erased files, which the police was able to restore, detailing expenses for the Yisrael Beytenu party, including flights and trips for Kirschenbaum and her family.

 

Elinson claimed he did it "in a moment of weakness," and failed to give a concrete reason as to why exactly he had done so. When confronted by the judge, he asserted that he had no intent to obstruct the investigation or temper with evidence, claiming he did so out of fear. He then failed to explain exactly what he feared.

 

The prosecution went on to ask him about several different items and services he paid for and provided to Kirshenbaum, such as phones, a computer and a camera. Elinson stated they were all specifically requested by the former deputy minister and pertained to her work, explaining he did so as he saw her as a representative of Yisrael Beytenu—which sponsors them.

 

He gave the same reason for hiring her son in his organization.

 

Kirschenbaum was indicted in August 2017 for multiple counts of bribery, fraud and breach of trust, money laundering and tax offenses. She pled not guilty to all charges.

 


First published: 02.08.18, 23:43
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