Tax official accused of tipping off Meuhedet suspects

Police forced to reexamine working practices with the Tax Authority on the case.

November 23, 2010 04:43
Kupat Holim Meuhedet

Meuhedet 311. (photo credit: Marc Israel Sellem/The Jerusalem Post)

A senior Tax Authority official was arrested on Sunday for allegedly leaking details of an investigation into nepotism at Kupat Holim Meuhedet to the individuals the probe was targeting.

Earlier this month, police arrested a senior Meuhedet manager on suspicion of illegally arranging for jobs worth millions of shekels to be awarded to a firm run by relatives.

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Two relatives were also arrested in the case, which was jointly investigated by police and the Tax Authority.

Now, police believe the suspects were tipped off by the Tax Authority official, enabling them to evade initial attempts to detain them.

Police were shocked by the alleged tip-off, and as a result, they have been forced to reexamine working practices with the Tax Authority on the case.

During a remand hearing for the suspect at the Rishon Lezion Magistrate’s Court, a police representative to court said, “When we [initially] came to arrest the suspects [in the Meuhedet case], we were surprised to find that suspects had fled.”

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