(photo credit: Marc Israel Sellem/The Jerusalem Post)
A senior Tax Authority official was arrested on Sunday for allegedly leaking
details of an investigation into nepotism at Kupat Holim Meuhedet to the
individuals the probe was targeting.
Earlier this month, police arrested
a senior Meuhedet manager on suspicion of illegally arranging for jobs worth
millions of shekels to be awarded to a firm run by relatives.
relatives were also arrested in the case, which was jointly investigated by
police and the Tax Authority.
Now, police believe the suspects were
tipped off by the Tax Authority official, enabling them to evade initial
attempts to detain them.
Police were shocked by the alleged tip-off, and
as a result, they have been forced to reexamine working practices with the Tax
Authority on the case.
During a remand hearing for the suspect at the
Rishon Lezion Magistrate’s Court, a police representative to court said, “When
we [initially] came to arrest the suspects [in the Meuhedet case], we were
surprised to find that suspects had fled.”