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The Economic Department of the State Attorney’s Office is considering filing
indictments, subject to a hearing, against six suspects who are alleged to on
have committed offenses of fraud, bribery, deceit and breach of trust, the
Justice Ministry announced on Thursday.
Among the six are former senior
government officials, including former senior deputy accountant-general Itzik
Cohen, Eitan Melamed, the former Health Ministry chief information officer, and
Aharon Aharonov, a former official in the Finance Ministry.
Attorney’s Office is also considering filing an indictment against businessman
Raviv Raz, who is suspected of bribing government officials.
announcement came after an investigation by the Lahav 433 National Fraud Unit
that focused on suspicions that Cohen had maintained an improper relationship
with Raz during his time at the Finance Ministry.
Cohen, who was also
formerly the head of the government’s computerization project and had been
dubbed the “computer czar,” was accused of misusing his senior government
position to enrich himself and Raz.
According to the State Attorney’s
Office, there is evidence to suspect that Cohen and Raz exploited Cohen’s senior
Finance Ministry role and his government ministry influence to “create
employment for both of them.”
The investigation, led by Supt. Anat
Glotman of the Lahav 433 National Crime Unit’s National Fraud Unit, together
with lawyers Gilad Sokolover and Yonatan Kramer of the State Attorney’s Office,
uncovered suspicions that Raz, Cohen and Aharonov created a company that
provided computing services for the Finance Ministry.
Cohen and Aharonov
are suspected of concealing their roles in the company, and using their senior
Finance Ministry roles to advance themselves in a fraudulent manner.
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is also alleged to have collaborated with Melamed.
According to the State
Attorney’s Office, there is evidence to suspect that Melamed and Raz fixed the
criteria of Health Ministry tenders so that Raz would win them.
Attorney’s Office is considering prosecuting Melamed and Aharonov on charges of
fraud and breach of trust.
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