police car 311.
(photo credit: Ariel Jerozolimski)
Three men who allegedly conducted a campaign of intimidation and extortion
against a business owner in Tel Aviv were acting in collusion with the man’s own
business partner, police said on Monday.
The business owner, who now
lives in the South, filed a complaint with the Negev Police’s central unit
several weeks ago, alleging that a group of suspects were continually harassing,
intimidating and threatening him in an attempt to extort money from
The visits by the suspects first began several months ago, police
said, when they allegedly burst into his Tel Aviv business and notified him that
his partner owed them hundreds of thousands of shekels, but was unable to pay
“They said that if he himself does not cover the debt, they would
harm him,” police said.
Fearing for his life, the man paid the sum
requested of him, but demands for further payments continued.
abandoned his work place and moved to the South, but was stunned to discover
that the men had tracked him down and continued to demand money, police
The man was convinced by a friend to lodge a complaint with
police, resulting in an undercover investigation.
On Sunday, officers
raided the homes of four suspects in the Center, including that of the victim’s
“According to preliminary investigation results, the
suspects first began to extort the victim after being approached by his partner,
who had amassed a debt. The partner came up with the idea of extorting his
partner and sharing the money with the other suspects,” police
Negev Police spokesman Tamir Abatbi said two suspects, including
the business partner “tied themselves to suspicions against them,” while the two
other suspects have denied any wrongdoing.