The Defense Ministry temporarily suspended all transactions with six electronics
and communications companies over suspicions that they defrauded the IDF of
millions of shekels.
According to suspicions, a non-commissioned officer
in the IDF’s Northern Command inflated orders of equipment from the
In exchange, the companies provided him with a “redit line
allowing him to buy tablet phones, smartphones, meals in restaurants, free
holiday home rentals and other illicit benefits.
The officer allegedly
distributed the benefits he received to relatives as well.
Police launched an investigation last year after receiving intelligence that a
non-commissioned officer, who was responsible for purchasing telecommunications
equipment, exploited his authority to purchase items worth millions of shekels
that are not included in the Defense Ministry’s contract.
confessed to all of the suspicions, and said he purchased expensive equipment
from suppliers for years,” the ministry said in a statement.
cases, the purchases were completely fictitious, as the items did not arrive,
but rather, credit vouchers arrived in their place.
Ministry’s Investigations Unit joined the Military Police in the investigation,
and raided the officer’s home, seizing some of the equipment he allegedly
The suppliers, for their part, allegedly submitted false
invoices to the Defense Ministry, declaring the provision of equipment and
services that were never delivered. “This activity was carried out with the full
knowledge of the companies’ management,” the ministry said. “They admitted to
carrying out the acts, and attempted to excuse themselves by saying they thought
they were benefiting the IDF.”