Friday, June 21, 2013

Israel's Chief Rabbi Metzger Is Probed for Bribery; Is Accused of Stealing a Huge Amount of Shekels

Police from the National Fraud Squad in Israel raided the home and offices of Chief Ashkenazi Rabbi Yonah Metzger yesterday (June 20), and questioned him under caution for hours, as part of a bribery, fraud, money-laundering, and breach-of-trust case. Metzger was released to five days house arrest last night following some 10 hours of questioning, the Jerusalem Post website reports today (June 21, 2013).

Metzger is forbidden to enter his offices, leave the country, or make contact with any of the other suspects in the case.

Metzger and three other men are suspected of being involved in the pilfering of hundreds of thousands of shekels from a number of charities.

Following an undercover investigation, officers went public yesterday, arresting the three suspects and seizing documents, computers, and other materials from Metzger's home and office they believe may be linked to the allegations. The suspects include Haim Nissan Eisenshtat, who worked for years as Metzger's driver and personal assistant. Eisenshtat is accused of taking bribes, fraud, breach of trust, and money laundering.

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