Israeli immigration authorities have arrested a Jewish Agency worker upon his arrival at Ben Gurion airport on Wednesday morning..
The man is suspected of providing fraudulent aliya permits to dozens of Venezuelan citizens who wished to emigrate to Israel as Jews, despite the fact that they had undergone bogus conversion – and was aware that they not Jewish.
According to a Ynet report, the suspect initially denied the allegations, but later confessed to the accusations. He told police that the rabbi who converted some of the Venezuelan aliya applicants indeed seemed to be “unreliable,” and that the latter explained he wanted to complete the process quickly.
The man received a sum of money for every sliya permit that he issued.