Two Israelis to be extradited to US in fraud case

April 2, 2012 11:47

The Supreme Court ruled unanimously on Monday to uphold a US request to extradite two Israeli citizens charged in the US in connection with a fraudulent multi-million dollar lottery telemarketing scheme.

Michelle Carolin Yuval and Limor Yuval are two of eleven Israelis arrested in 2009 and wanted on serious fraud charges in the US. Israel Police's Tel Aviv Fraud Division cooperated with the FBI to investigate the fraud, and in 2009 Israel agreed to comply with a US request that the suspects be extradited to stand trial in the US.

In January, the US attorney for the Southern District of New York announced that four Israelis had been indicted in the US on charges relating to their participation in multiple lottery telemarketing schemes. Avi Ayache, Yaron Bar, and Ian Kaye were arrested in Israel in January 2009; the fourth defendant, Shai Kadosh, remained a fugitive until his January 2011 arrest in Israel.

However, to date extradition orders against Michelle Yuval and Limor have not been enforced, the result of an appeal they filed against the 2010 Jerusalem District Court ruling to extradite them.

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