The Haifa District Attorney's Office served an indictment in the Haifa District Court on Monday, charging a reserve IDF soldier with fraud in aggravated circumstances.
According to the indictment, between 2005 and 2011, Amit Azares fraudulently used an IDF soldier's ID card to obtain over 2,000 state-subsidized train tickets, valued at over NIS 22,000. for his own personal use.
The ID cards are issued to IDF soldiers when they are drafted into the army, and are also used to obtain free travel tickets on public transport. Soldiers' transport is subsidized by the Defense Ministry.
The indictment charges that Azares, a 35-year-old Kiryat Bialik resident, was drafted into the IDF in 1995 for his mandatory service, and at the time of his release in 1999 reported that his soldier's ID card was lost, and was provided with a replacement, the indictment charges. In 2005, Azares allegedly found his lost card and decided to use it to obtain free travel tickets.