The Jerusalem District Attorney-General’s Office filed indictments against two
city residents on Sunday for conspiracy, aggravated fraud and
The offenses were committed for the purposes of illegally
claiming national insurance payments, according to the indictments.
fraudulent claims are calculated to have cost the National Insurance Institute
close to NIS 7 million.
The defendants allegedly presented false
documents to the National Insurance Institute and the IDF relating to the mental
status of numerous citizens in order to receive state disability allowances as
well as military service exemptions. In return, the two men charged with the
offenses took payments from the claimants who received the various state
Three men were arrested at the beginning of the month in
connection with these offenses but only two have been charged.
to the indictments, the two defendants, aged 28 and 27, would instruct the
prospective fraudulent claimants exactly how to falsely present themselves to
National Insurance Institute committees and psychiatrists, including how to
speak and act, in order to ensure that they would be given disability status and
thus entitlement to state benefits.
In some instances, the defendants
themselves allegedly submitted to psychiatric and National Insurance committee
evaluation and made false representations to these panels about other claimants.
In some cases, this was done on behalf of fictitious people or with the
defendants posing as persons other than themselves.
Similarly, in several
instances the defendants allegedly falsified the written opinions of
psychiatrists and gave them to benefit claimants so that the documents would be
included for consideration in their claim for state aid.
In many cases in
which false documentation and falsified reports were submitted, the National
Insurance Institute ruled that the claimant was indeed entitled to monthly
disability allowance payments, and in some instance provided for retroactive
payments, according to the indictments.
The total financial cost to the
National Insurance Institute of this benefits fraud ring is estimated at NIS
The defendants allegedly instructed soldiers or prospective
conscripts how to give a false impression to psychiatrists in order to receive
medical exemptions from army service.
In some cases, the indictment
accuses the defendants of forging written reports of psychiatrists and giving
them to soldiers or prospective conscripts to give to the relevant army
officials in order to get the service exemptions.
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