Police raid Safed city hall, question four on bribery suspicions

The Lahav 433 National Fraud Investigation Unit and Israel Tax authority raided Safed city hall, and detained four suspects on Monday morning in an ongoing bribery and fraud investigation regarding real estate deals conducted with the Safed municipality.
According to police Monday’s arrests in the investigation termed “Case 1431” resulted from an extensive undercover investigation conducted by the Lahav 433 National Fraud Unit, the Israel Tax Authority and accompanied by the Northern District Attorney’s Office. The four suspects arrested and questioned, including two senior Safed municipality officials, are suspected of involvement in illegal real estate deals involving bribery, fraud, and tax offenses.
Police said that businessman sought to promote their interests by providing bribes and favors to municipality officials.
As part of the investigation police searched the Safed city hall and seized a number of documents and materials.
Police have yet to decide if they will seek to extend the suspects’ remands.
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