First conviction in Yisrael Beytenu Affair/Kirschenbaum cases

The Yisrael Beytenu Affair involves about a dozen former ministry CEOs and former heads of quasi-governmental bodies and regional councils.

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January 17, 2018 19:21
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Faina Kirschenbaum

Faina Kirschenbaum . (photo credit: KNESSET)

 
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The prosecution got its first conviction on Wednesday in the Yisrael Beytenu Affair involving former deputy interior minister Faina Kirschenbaum and a range of other public officials.

Also known as Case 242, the conviction went against Israeli Promoters Association CEO Irena Waldberg as part of a plea bargain.

Waldberg has admitted to bribing aides of Kirschenbaum by paying NIS 15,084 for their flights to Ukraine and Serbia in August 2014.

She and her plea deal allege that Kirschenbaum was aware of the arrangement, had told her aides to ask Waldberg for the funding, and that she complied in order to ingratiate herself with Kirschenbaum who was assisting her with a range of public-private sector business issues on an ongoing basis.


Case 242 involves about a dozen other former ministry CEOs and former heads of quasi-governmental bodies and regional councils, who have been under the gun since the alleged massive fraud schemes became known in December 2014.

According to police, the conspiracy involved a series of plots by the suspects – including a large number of public officials and local council heads – to approve state funding and inflated budgets for various state bodies and NGOs, a percentage of which was then kicked back to the accomplices in the conspiracy.

Kirschenbaum is said to have worked the scheme along with the Samaria Development Company, the Ayalim Association, the Binyamin Regional Council, the Ezra Association and the National Anti-Drug and Alcohol Abuse Authority.

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