Organizers of overseas gambling tours remanded

August 31, 2011 15:17

The Rishon Lezion Magistrate's court on Wednesday extended the detention of three men arrested in an undercover sting by the Tax Authority.

Hertzel Garbai, Nir Garbai and Tzafrir Itzhaki were arrested on suspicion of hiding income and avoiding income tax relating to gambling tours they had organized in casinos abroad.

As part of the sting, codenamed Operation Fateful Gamble, investigators from the Yahalom National Investigation and Crime-fighting Unit uncovered evidence that the three had run gambling tours for thousands of Israelis, in return for fees paid by the casinos.

Revenue from the casino fees amounted to millions of shekels, but the three only declared a fraction of that income to the tax authorities.

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