On the morning of Monday, August 14, the border policemen detained on suspicion of committing a series of financial crimes five well-known businessmen. Later «kalkalist», ha’aretz, Ynet, Walla and other Israeli media reported that among the detainees – the billionaire Beni Steinmetz.
Editorial NEWSru.co.il asked for comments in a press-service of the Israel police, however, law enforcement refused to confirm or deny this information.
The investigation was conducted by the police LAHAV-433, in cooperation with the FBI and police of Switzerland.
As the press service of the Israel police, the detainees are suspected of having acted well organized for a long time, presenting fictitious data on contracts and transactions in real estate abroad. False information allowed the suspects to launder money and transfer large sums of money on their bills.
The police suspect that every member of the criminal network to perform certain tasks, and in accordance with this, they are accused of various offenses.
In particular, we are talking about bribery, money laundering, falsification of documents, use of forged document, fraud and other irregularities.
The investigation is being conducted in Israel and beyond and is controlled by the Prosecutor’s office, Tax office, and the Office for combating money laundering. The investigation also involved law enforcement agencies of the USA and Switzerland.
The newspaper «kalkalist» informs, citing Romanian media that Beni Steinmetz and another two detained Israeli businessmen associated with major Romanian businessmen detained a few days ago the Romanian police in connection with allegations of financial offences, the damage from which the country amounted to about 136 million euros.
We will remind, in January of this year, Israeli law enforcement stated that Beni Steinmetz earned about $ 5 billion due to bribes allegedly paid to senior officials in Guinea.
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