Former Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert has been indicted on “multiple corruption charges including fraud, breach of trust, falsifying corporate records, receiving illicit benefits and tax evasion.” The indictment of a former premier is “a first of its kind,” reports Ynet.
According to the Washington Post: “Prosecutors alleged that Olmert, as mayor of Jerusalem in the 1990s and later as trade minister, profited from a double-billing scheme in which he charged charities and the government for trips and expenses already paid by other organizations. About $90,000 collected for trips — often to the United States and sponsored by major Jewish groups — was allegedly accumulated in his account at a travel agency and then used for personal vacations and other expenses, according to the indictment. His former office manager, Shula Zaken, 52, also was indicted in the case. The 61-page indictment includes charges related to Olmert’s acceptance of as much as $150,000 from New York businessman Morris Talansky — funds that Talansky testified last summer were meant for Olmert’s political campaigns but that he believed were used for personal purposes.”
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HEADLINES TO TRACK:
- WSJ: Israel, Iran and Obama — Conflict is inevitable unless the West moves quickly to stop a nuclear Tehran
- Puzzling shift in Iran’s nuclear program is reported
- Iran’s nuclear program has military aspects, says IAEA
- Former Senior IAEA Official Yousri Abu Shadi: Iran Can Produce a Nuclear Bomb in Less Than Two Years
- At least 2 mortars fired towards Sderot