Moshe Peretz, one of Israel’s biggest Mizrahi recording artists and a reality TV star, was convicted on Thursday of tax evasion. Peretz was convicted as part of a plea bargain, and confessed to falsifying documents in order to avoid paying taxes on NIS 1 million in income and NIS 140,000 in VAT.
Peretz’s manager, Amnon Zindani was also convicted in a plea bargain a year and a half ago dealing with the same case.
Peretz’s plea bargain included 14 counts of giving false testimony and falsifying reports, but other charges from the original indictment were dropped in exchange for his guilty plea.
Peretz has recorded some of the biggest hits in Israel in recent years and for has been a host of the reality TV singing show “The Voice”.
Sentencing will be decided at a hearing scheduled for September 8th at the Ramle Magistrate’s Court.