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The Southern District Attorney’s Office served an indictment on Wednesday,
charging the chairman of the Eilat religious council, Rabbi Haviv Haziza, and
his predecessor Moshe Elmakias, with fraud, breach of trust and receiving
something by deception in aggravated circumstances.
The indictment, filed
by attorney Alex Derenboim in the Eilat Magistrate’s Court, charges that Haziza
and Elmakias used false representation to rent a car at a total cost of NIS
According to the indictment, Elmakias served as chairman of the
Eilat religious council until November 2009, when Haziza was appointed in his
The indictment charges that when Elmakias ceased working for the
religious council, the Religious Affairs Ministry said he could no longer
utilize council resources, including rental cars.
Allegedly, in November
2009, after his employment at the religious council ended, Elmakias attempted to
hire a car from an Eilat car rental company, which had a long-standing agreement
with the religious council.
When his credit card company refused to
authorize payment for the car, Elmakias allegedly called the Eilat religious
council’s secretary and asked her to confirm to the car hire company that the
council would cover the costs of the car.
The indictment charges that the
council’s secretary faxed confirmation to the car hire company, which Elmakias
signed, although he had no authority to do so.
When the month-long rental
agreement ended, Elmakias allegedly asked the rental company to send the invoice
to a private company owned and run by Haziza, so that Haziza could write a check
in payment. However, according to the indictment, Elmakias then asked the hire
company to extend the car-rental agreement.
When the car-rental company
turned to the Eilat religious council, the secretary confirmed the council would
pay, an arrangement Haziza was allegedly aware of.
The indictment alleges
that the rental continued for four months, until May 2010, when the car-rental
company charged the Eilat religious council NIS 17,526 for the vehicle.