(photo credit: Ariel Jerozolimski)
Attorney Ron Naim was sentenced on Monday to 18 months’ imprisonment for
stealing NIS 1.8 million from a former client, a subsidiary of Koor Industries
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The Tel Aviv Magistrate’s Court also ordered Naim to pay a fine of
NIS 20,000 and a further NIS 50,000 in compensation to the
According to the charge sheet, in 2000 Naim represented
Solkoor, a subsidiary of holding company Koor Industries Ltd., in a case in the
Tel Aviv District Court against the Brahms Group and Meir Goldman.
end of the legal proceedings, the Brahms Group and Goldman were ordered to pay
Solkoor a sum of over NIS 2m.
Naim received checks for that amount on
behalf of Solkoor, but instead of transferring them to his client, deposited
them into a bank account he had opened in his name.
In 2002, Naim
transferred NIS 500,000 to Solkoor and claimed this was the total amount he had
received from the Brahms Group and Goldman.
Over the next year, Naim
stole NIS 1.8m. from the account.
In sentencing Naim, Judge Ziva Herman
wrote that the attorney had not only caused damage to Solkoor but had also
damaged public trust in the legal profession.
“The offense of which the
defendant has been convicted is a serious one. He used his position and the
trust placed in him to steal money from a client by means of fraud and
deception,” wrote Herman. “The courts have repeated time and again that the
appropriate punishment is imprisonment for a meaningful period, both as a
deterrent and as an expression of public revulsion towards the conduct of
lawyers who breach trust.”
The judge also noted that in sentencing Naim,
the court had taken into consideration the fact that he was suffering from an