The State Attorney's Office decided Thursday that there was a basis for investigating
Finance Minister Abraham Hirchson on charges of failure to report a crime, Channel 10
Police have been looking into allegations that Hirchson turned a blind eye to financial
crimes while he was head of the National Labor Federation in Eretz-Israel (NLF) starting
Ovadia Cohen, former head of Nili - an organization that operated educational
institutions under the umbrella of the federation - allegedly embezzled approximately NIS 5.5 million from the organization. Cohen allegedly informed Hirchson of his crime, and
Hirchson fired him, but did not report the offense.
According to the Channel 10 report, the State Attorney's Office decided not to sign an agreement with Cohen to use him as a state witness since police had sufficient evidence to charge Hirchson even without Cohen's cooperation.