Shekel money bills.
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Police arrested a bank teller and six of his family members in the northern town of Kafr Kana on Wednesday on suspicion of embezzling over NIS 5 million.
The suspect, who is in his 30s, is a bank teller at the Bank Leumi in Baka al-Gharbiya.
He is alleged to have taken over NIS 5 million over the past few years, police said.
The teller’s family members then allegedly helped him hide the money by depositing it into their accounts.
“His wife, father and uncles were arrested because we think that he used their accounts,” said Coastal District Police spokesman Chaim Ponimonsky.
Police received a complaint from Bank Leumi and opened a covert investigation eight months ago in conjunction with the Haifa Income Tax Division.
The suspects were brought to the Acre Magistrate’s Court on Wednesday and as of press time police were still seeking to extend their remands.
An unnamed relative of the bank teller who spoke with Ynet denied the accusations, saying: “It’s hard for me to believe that he did this. The clerk worked honestly without any embezzlement. I do not know where this whole story comes from. In the end, this mountain will turn out to be a mouse and the truth will come to light.”