Report: Civil servants sold private info

14 arrested on suspicion of accepting bribes in exchange for financial data.

September 6, 2006 09:57

Police on Tuesday arrested 14 individuals suspected of involvement in the sale of confidential financial information to private investigators, officials reported on Wednesday. Tel Aviv district police who searched suspects' homes found thousands of documents containing private information on hundreds of citizens. According to allegations, workers at the Tax Authority and National Insurance Institute accepted bribes from private investigators working on behalf of creditors in exchange for individuals' private financial data. The Tax Authority filed a complaint last April the with the Tel Aviv police district's fraud department against two government employees. The deal was allegedly carried out through a third party broker, who has also been arrested, police said. Police are investigating suspicions that information may have been stolen from other government offices as well.

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