A Population, Immigration and Borders Authority clerk operated together with an
Indian foreign worker to defraud other foreign workers who were looking to
extend their work visas, at times using violence and threats, police said
The PIBA worker was originally arrested on Sunday, while
officers of the Lahav 433 unit arrested the foreign worker Monday
According to Vered Vinikov, spokeswoman for the National Police
Investigative Branch, the Indian worker would take between several hundred and
1,000 shekels from foreigners looking to attain work visas for themselves or
On a number of occasions, when the workers confronted him
to get their money back, he physically attacked them, Vinikov said.
added that on at least one occasion, the PIBA employee had taken part in the
The PIBA employee’s role in the scam, according to
Vinikov, was to use his position to threaten the foreign workers, saying he
could have them arrested or deported if they continued to demand their money
back from his accomplice. Police also believe that he may have taken money from
the Indian man in return for helping him with the scam.
Vinikov said that
Lahav 433 had encountered similar scams in the past, largely due to the relative
ease of carrying them out.
“People see [foreign workers] as weak and in
need of legal documents or some sort of assistance to stay in Israel,” she said.
“They don’t understand the laws or their rights, and [people] take advantage of
them relatively easily.”