Ex-head of J'lem Blind Children Center charged with theft

By DAN IZENBERG
August 25, 2010 20:08

The state on Wednesday charged Moshe Rips, the former director-general of Keren Or, The Jerusalem Center for Blind Children with Multiple Disabilities, with stealing close to NIS 4 million over a period of 20 years.

In the indictment, which was filed in Tel Aviv District Court, the state accused the defendant of using the money to cover gambling debts, trips abroad and personal or family expenses.

The indictment includes five separate charges, based on the different methods he used to steal from the NGO.

According to the first charge, Rips stole NIS 1,993,224 by writing checks in the name of Keren Or to various beneficiaries that had no business connections with it or had not provided services. On the stub, he either fabricated what the check was paid out for, or did not write anything.


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