(photo credit: YAAKOV LAPPIN)
The Israel Police arrested a Foreign Ministry accountant who worked in the
Israeli Embassy in Jordan on suspicion of stealing hundreds of thousands of
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According to suspicions, the accountant illegally lifted funds
that were meant for purchases on behalf of the embassy – as well as funds
designated to pay the salaries of other employees.
“We believe the
suspect worked in conjunction with Jordanian citizens who worked at the
embassy,” police said.
The arrest came after the National Serious and
International Crimes Unit ran an undercover investigation after receiving a
complaint of missing funds from the Foreign Ministry.
the movements of funds from the embassy to a string of bank accounts.
accountant is suspected of “stealing public funds, forging documents and money
laundering,” police added.
He was arrested and then released to house
arrest earlier this week, though details of the investigation were only released
on Wednesday, after the lifting of a media ban.
Police said the
investigation was carried out with the full cooperation of Jordanian law