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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.
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
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.
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,
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Mimon was fictitiously named as the renter of the
property. However, he was not aware of the forged letter, according to the
Visner has denied all of the charges against
After the verdict, he told Ynet that the case had been “delusional”
and that the police had never questioned him about forgery.
he plans to appeal against the verdict, and may bring the case directly to the
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