Indictments were handed down on Monday in the Jerusalem District Court against 11 avreichim and prominent members of the kehila in the so-called “Masmidim case”, with some of the defendants being family members.
The indictment filed against the defendants alleges they embezzled over 48 million NIS from the Ministry of Education. Some of the defendants are also charged with additional crimes including money laundering, intimidating witnesses and interfering with a police investigation.
They are also alleged to have filed funding requests using straw NGOs as well as legitimate non-profit organizations along with other means to obtain state funding by fraudulent means. They allegedly supplied the Education Ministry with false reports, inflating the student body to obtain additional funds for their mosdos, using identification numbers of avreichim from the Eida Chareidis tzibur who do not accept state funding.
(YWN – Israel Desk, Jerusalem)