With corruption and fraud a nationwide problem in the public sector, the police, the Public Security Ministry, the Finance Ministry, and the Government Companies Association (GCA) have agreed to launch a special investigatory unit inside of the top police investigative unit, in an effort to fight the phenomenon.
In a statement sent out on Tuesday, the Finance Ministry said the decision to found the unit was made recently, and that it will be part of the economic crimes sector (“YALAC”) within the LAHAV 433 branch of the police, and that it will fight corruption in the public sector and the damage caused by the illegal spending of public funds.
The unit will follow taxpayer money as it moves through the public sector and fight bribery and theft in what they said is an effort to “stop these crimes and increase deterrence”.
They said that the unit will focus in particular on crimes involving the National Insurance Institute and the Israel Lands Authority, and will collaborate with investigators from the National Tax Authority, the Comptroller’s Office, and the anti-Money Laundering Authority.
In the statement, GCA head Uri Yogev said that the unit will limit the phenomenon of waste in the public coffers and increase transparency and help make the public sector “more efficient, clean, and professional”, an assessment shared by National Police Commissioner Inspector General Yochanan Danino, who also praised the decision to found the unit.