The Southern District Attorney filed an indictment in the Beersheba District Court on Tuesday, charging nine men with belonging to an organized crime ring in Ashdod.
Armond Meira and eight others are charged with belonging to an organized crime ring operating in Ashdod.
According to the indictment, Meira headed the criminal organization, whose illegal activities included gambling operations in Ashdod and Beit Shemesh, money laundering, tax fraud, and extorting business owners in Ashdod.
Among those charged is Meir Ben Guzi, chairman of Ashdod's municipal workers' committee.
A spokesman for the district attorney said on Tuesday that the indictment is the result of integrated efforts by law-enforcement authorities to crack down on organized crime.