Numerous media outlets are reporting on Friday that Labor Party MK and presidential candidate Ben-Eliezer is alleged to have received millions of shekels from numerous individuals, among them businessman Avraham Nanikashvili, the oil magnate and financier whose net worth is estimated at NIS 3.35 billion.
Last month, Nanikashvili's name came up during an investigation of alleged corruption at the Ashdod port. Nanikashvili and a business partner, Jackie Ben Zaken, were questioned under caution by police, although authorities do not believe that the Ben-Eliezer probe is connected in any way to the Ashdod port case.
Investigators are also looking into allegations that Ben-Eliezer failed to report receiving these funds to the tax authorities. In light of these revelations, police are jointly handling this investigation with tax officials in the Finance Ministry.
According to Channel 2, authorities want to know what use Ben-Eliezer made of these funds.
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