TA deputy mayor convicted of forgery

Court convicted Visner of all charges in indictment, according to which he forged rental lease for property he owns in order to pay reduced taxes.

October 12, 2011 03:33
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Tel Aviv Deputy Mayor Pe’er Visner was convicted on Tuesday of document forgery, using forged documents and fraud.

Visner, who is also chairman of the Green Party, went on leave from his post as deputy mayor when the charges were made against him in January.

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Judge Daniel Beeri of the Tel Aviv Magistrate’s Court convicted Visner of all the charges in the indictment, according to which Visner forged a rental lease for a property he owns in order to pay reduced property taxes.

According to the indictment, Visner forged the document in 2004 to change the classification of his 132- square-meter office space on Hafetz Haim street in Tel Aviv from a business to a residential property.

Visner was being tried alongside his neighbor Amir Lahav, who owns a printshop next to Visner’s property.

The indictment charges Lahav with forging the rental contract together with Visner.

The indictment also charges that when the municipal property tax department rejected his request to change the property’s classification, Visner petitioned the appeals committee using a forged letter purporting to be from one of Lahav’s workers, Emmanuel Mimon.

Mimon was fictitiously named as the renter of the property. However, he was not aware of the forged letter, according to the indictment.

Visner has denied all of the charges against him.

After the verdict, he told Ynet that the case had been “delusional” and that the police had never questioned him about forgery.

Visner said he plans to appeal against the verdict, and may bring the case directly to the Supreme Court.

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