Israel's former chief rabbi was arrested today (November 18, 2013) following a fraud probe by police, the AP (Associated Press) website reports.
Police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld said Yona Metzger is being charged with bribery, money laundering, and income tax violations.
Rosenfeld said the crimes were allegedly committed while Metzger served as chief rabbi. Metzger denies the allegations.
Metzger was Israel's chief rabbi for its Ashkenazi -- or European-descended -- Jews. He led Israel's supreme body for overseeing Jewish religious services, along with a second chief rabbi from the Sephardic, or Middle Eastern lineage.