Rabbi Yoshiyahu Pinto will be indicted for by Attorney General Yehuda Weinstein within the next few days.
The rabbi will be indicted for allegedly bribing police officer Cmdr. Menashe Arbib in return for information regarding a secret police investigation.
In 2012, Pinto was arrested along with his wife after he allegedly gave a briefcase full of cash to then Asst.-Ch. Ephraim Bracha, who reportedly, either was recorded during the meeting or told his superiors about Pinto’s attempted bribery, or both. Pinto told the FBI that another Israeli police official, even more senior than Bracha, had received funds from Pinto.
Founder of the Shuva Israel Yeshiva, Pinto is a well-known rabbi both in Israel and the US, and a descendant of two Sephardi rabbinical dynasties, Pinto and Abuhatzeira. He was listed as the seventh-richest rabbi in Israel last year by Forbes Israel.
Pinto has served as an adviser to a battery of Israel’s elite, including businessman Yitzhak Tshuva, Justice Minister Tzipi Livni, former justice minister Yaakov Neeman and floundering business tycoon Nochi Dankner.