A former chief rabbi of Israel was convicted of fraud yesterday for his part in a bonus-scam that swindled hundreds of millions of shekels from the government in civil servants' wages, the Times of Israel website reports today (May 16, 2017).
The Jerusalem District Court found Eliyahu Bakshi-Doron guilty of fraud offenses including fraud in aggravated circumstances, falsifying documents, and breach of trust. His court sentencing will occur at a later date.
He is the second former chief rabbi to be convicted of fraud this year after former Ashkenazi chief rabbi Yona Metzger pleaded guilty to fraud, theft, conspiracy, breach of trust, money laundering, tax offenses, and accepting bribes involving some NIS 10 million ($2.6 million) under a plea bargain.
Metzger is currently serving a 3.5-year prison sentence at Ma'asiyahu Prison in the central Israeli town of Ramle.