Officials informed Globes that Justice Minister Yaakov Neeman is under investigation by the Israel Tax Authority. Over the past two years, the Tax Authority has conducted an undercover investigation of Neeman's assets, on suspicion that he did not pay full taxes on them.
Senior Tax Authority officials intend to ask Attorney General Yehuda Weinstein for permission to summon Neeman for a hearing. The sources said that the Attorney General's Office has known about the investigation for a long time, and that the previous attorney general also knew about it.
The investigation has mainly been undercover to prevent leaks to the media before Neeman was summoned for a hearing. Since the investigation began after he was appointed justice minister, it involves his income prior to his appointment, when he was one of the managing partners of the Herzog Fox Neeman Law Office.
Neeman co-founded the firm 40 years. It is currently Israel's second largest law firm, and it handles Israeli tycoons, international deals, and many public figures. Clients have included several prime ministers, among them Ariel Sharon, Ehud Olmert, and Benjamin Netanyahu, as well as Apax Partners, Markstone Capital Partners Group LLC, and the Kibbutz Movement.
The Tax Authority said, "we do not disclose information about investigations."