(photo credit: Marc Israel Sellem/The Jerusalem Post)
Evidence exists to charge former senior officials from the Meuhedet Health Fund
with corruption, police said following the completion of an extensive
Police recommended that the former head of the Bar
Association, attorney Yuri Guy- Ron, also be charged in connection with the
Guy-Ron, who owns a marketing company together with his wife, is
suspected of receiving hundreds of thousands of shekels from Meuhedet without
providing a service in return.
“We found evidence that Mr. Guy-Ron
committed offenses [while head of the Bar Association] relating to corruption,
conspiracy to commit a crime and aggravated fraud,” police said in an official
The funds were allegedly sent to Guy- Ron’s company by Yehuda
Aliash, former deputy marketing director of the Meuhedet Health
“The two men are friends. The transfer of large funds was not
reciprocated by any service,” a police source close to the investigation told
The Jerusalem Post.
Responding to the allegations, Guy-Ron told Channel 2
News, “I received the news with surprise and shock. I can’t understand the
police’s recommendation. The decision will rest with the prosecution, and I am
convinced that it will find that I did not commit any offense.”
National Fraud Unit launched its inquiry following a report on Meuhedet by the
state comptroller, who raised concern over major irregularities.
is suspected of diverting tens of millions of shekels from the advertising
budgets toward marketing companies that employed his associates and
He is also suspected of fraud, money laundering and paying
“A basis of evidence exists to back up these suspicions,” a
police spokesman said on Tuesday.
Another suspect in the investigation is
former health fund director-general Uzi Salant, whom police suspect of illegally
attempting to recruit new members to the fund. Police told state prosecutors on
Tuesday that he, too, should be charged.
Meuhedet spokeswoman Ahuva Liff
declined to comment, noting that the former health fund officials involved had
left almost a year ago and had been replaced by new executives who had nothing
to do with the case. Those accused of crimes have individual lawyers and no
longer have any connection with Meuhedet.Judy Siegel contributed to this