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A 62-year-old lawyer was indicted on charges of stealing more than NIS seven million from elderly and needy people, at the Tel Aviv District Court on Sunday.
The defendant, named as Yardena Nilman, was the appointed guardian of her alleged victims between 2006 and 2008, and stands accused of exploiting her position to steal the sums.
Nilman was given access to the assets and bank accounts of the people she was appointed to represent, according to Tel Aviv state prosecutors, and plotted with a second suspect, Meirav Zeit, the registered owner of a company which provided assistance for the elderly, to steal cash from bank accounts of the elderly and transfer the sums to the company’s account. Nilman allegedly then used the cash for her own personal needs.
Nilman has been a fugitive for two years after fleeing the country in
2008. She returned to Israel from Guatemala and was arrested by police
at the beginning of the month.
Tel Aviv state prosecutors said Nilman used the money to fly abroad,
build a fancy house, stay in hotels and restaurants, and purchase a
jet-ski. She is also accused of sending stolen cash to her family
She has also been charged with fraudulently accepting NIS 700,000.
Prosecutors added that Nilman stole NIS 200,000 from the bank account of an elderly woman hours after she died.