Police: Coun­cil­man car­ried out kosher cer­ti­fi­ca­tion fraud,

The Jerusalem Post - - FRONT PAGE - • By BEN HARTMAN

A Ris­hon Lezion city coun­cil mem­ber and for­mer deputy mayor worked with as­so­ci­ates to fraud­u­lently re­ceive a kashrut cer­tifi­cate from the lo­cal rab­binate, the Is­rael Police said Mon­day.

The city coun­cil­man – whose name is un­der a gag or­der – is sus­pected of work­ing with an­other sus­pect from the lo­cal rab­binate to fraud­u­lently re­ceive cer­ti­fi­ca­tion de­spite the fact that his es­tab­lish­ment didn’t meet the re­quire­ments.

A third sus­pect not em­ployed by lo­cal au­thor­i­ties was also de­tained Mon­day as part of the in­ves­ti­ga­tion. Police said the in­ves­ti­ga­tion was car­ried out over the past sev­eral weeks be­fore it went pub­lic with raids on Mon­day.

Late last month, Holon chief Rabbi Yitzhak Yosef sus­pended him­self from all mat­ters re­lat­ing to kashrut fol­low­ing a High Court pe­ti­tion on the mat­ter.

The son of the late Shas spir­i­tual leader Rabbi Ova­dia Yosef was in­dicted in the Tel Aviv District Court last De­cem­ber on two ac­counts of breach of trust. Yosef al­legedly ex­ploit­ing his po­si­tion as Holon’s chief rabbi to force food busi­nesses to pur­chase meat that was given kashrut cer­ti­fi­ca­tion by the li­cens­ing author­ity Ba­datz Beit Yosef, which is owned by his fam­ily.

The in­dict­ment stated that he for­bade food com­pa­nies from us­ing meat or pro­duce supplied by com­pet­ing kashrut au­thor­i­ties.

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