Three El Al employees arrested for fraud, money laundering

The suspects are based in Romania and Poland.

August 30, 2017 17:21
Three El Al employees arrested for fraud, money laundering

The first of Israel's El Al Airlines order of 16 Boeing 787 Dreamliner jets, lands at Ben Gurion International Airport, near Tel Aviv, Israel August 23, 2017. (photo credit: REUTERS/AMIR COHEN)

Following a protracted investigation, police have announced the arrests of three unidentified Romania and Poland-based El Al employees accused of multiple fraud, money laundering and tax offenses between the years 2008 and 2013.

While details of the case remain unclear due to a gag order, according to police the investigation was carried out by the National Crime Unit and the Israel Tax Authority.

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“All three suspects arrested are accused of withdrawing large sums of money from El Al company accounts and transferring it to other accounts opened abroad, as well as counterfeiting invoices without providing receipts,” police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld said on Wednesday. “The investigation has been completed and the case will now be transferred to the State Prosecutor’s Office for review, where a decision on the matter will be made.”

El Al last made headlines in February, when the Tel Aviv Labor Court ordered its pilots to end their work action over a dispute with the company’s management over pay for pilots between the ages of 65 and 67.

The dispute led to the cancellation of roughly a dozen flights.

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