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Former tourism minister and Yisrael Beytenu MK Stas Meseznikov was sentenced to 15 months in prison on Tuesday after he admitted to charges of fraud and breach of trus,t as part of a plea bargian.
According to the indictment, Meseznikov had a severe conflict of interests when he gave approximately NIS 1 million in financial support to the Eilat student festival in 2010 while at the same time recommending that an individual named Yuliah Roth, with whom he was in an intimate personal relationship, be employed by the festival.
Meseznikov failed to disclose his relationship with the individual to the Tourism Ministry, or that she had been employed by the festival organizers on his recommendation.
Jeremy Sharon contributed to this report