Israeli police detain 12 in alleged IDF fraud scheme

The arrests come as a result of a covert police operation lasting over a year.

October 16, 2017 11:23
IDF forces work to maintain calm in the West Bank

IDF forces work to maintain calm in the West Bank. (photo credit: ANNA AHRONHEIM)

The Israel Police detained 12 suspects, including two IDF officers, Monday morning on suspicion of bribery and fraud.

According to the Israel Police, the arrests came as a result of a covert police operation in which 10 civil servants and two army officers who worked together to provide infrastructure for IDF bases were suspected of fraudulently taking funds from the Israeli army for years by demanding payment for work that was not carried out.

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It is suspected that the two officers, one a lieutenant-colonel and the other a major, used their positions of responsibility for supervising tenders and receiving services at various army bases to collude with civil servant workers in siphoning funds from the army.

Police investigators in the International Criminal Investigation Unit of Lahav 433 searched the suspects’ offices and seized their computers and documents for information linking them to alleged offenses

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