Court aggravates former Shas MK's sentence defrauding gov't to 3 years

The Supreme on Thursday aggravated former Shas MK Ofer Hugi's sentence to three years in prison, after he was convicted of defrauding the government. The fine he is required to pay was also increased from NIS 12,000 to NIS 200,000. Hugi was convicted in December 2006 of forgery in aggravated circumstances, making use of a forged document and obtaining money by deceit in aggravated circumstances. According to the ruling, in an attempt to get more funds for school bus rides, Hugi exaggerated the number of pupils on lists he submitted to the Education Ministry, and thus received NIS 2 million from the ministry.