Education Ministry clerk arrested in kollel fraud case

By MELANIE LIDMAN
December 1, 2010 16:36

 
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A clerk in the Education Ministry for the Jerusalem district was arrested on Tuesday by the Jerusalem police's fraud unit for his alleged involvement with the haredi kollel fraud case. The 47-year-old Jewish man is suspected of accepting bribes from the kollel directors in exchange for adding names to a computerized list of students who receive stipends from the government.

In the course of the investigation, the clerk confessed to some of the accusations. Six heads of three haredi institutions were arrested on November 21 when police accused them of defrauding the Education Ministry of millions of shekels by manufacturing ID cards and claiming they had more students enrolled in their kollels than actually studied there.

Five of the six suspects were released on bail to house arrest in Safed on Tuesday. The last suspect was released on bail to house arrest in the Jerusalem area on Friday.

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