Former Shalem Center CFO investigated

Shaul Golan, fired for alleged sexual harassment, suspected of embezzlement.

A former senior official at a prominent Jerusalem think tank, who was fired amid allegations of sexual harassment, is facing a criminal investigation for embezzlement, police and the research institute said Sunday. Shaul Golan, who served as chief financial officer at the Shalem Center until his dismissal last fall, is suspected of embezzling more than NIS 1 million from the center. The fiscal allegations against Golan emerged after an earlier complaint was lodged with police by one of two female workers at the center who each accused Golan of sexual harassment. Golan, who worked at the center for seven years, was fired after the sexual harassment complaint was filed with police. Around that time, the center employed an outside accounting firm to double-check its books. The consultants discovered fiscal irregularities, prompting the center to file its own complaint with Jerusalem police. "The Shalem Center is working together with all legal authorities to ensure that a thorough investigation is concluded as quickly as possible," spokeswoman Stefanie L. Pearson said Sunday in a statement. Jerusalem police spokeswoman Sigal Toledo confirmed that the embezzlement case was "under investigation." Golan, who was questioned by police, then released on bail, is facing a likely indictment on embezzlement charges, officials involved in the case said. Golan was not available for comment Sunday. The Shalem Center, which was established in 1994 by a group of scholars and public figures from Israel and the Diaspora, promotes Jewish and Israeli social thought and policy and further aims to promote ideas to guide and sustain the Jewish people in the coming decades.