Suspicion of corruption: Immigration and Population employees extended the stay of foreign workers in exchange for bribes
Nine people, including two Immigration and Population employees, received tens of thousands of shekels in exchange for extending the visa of foreign workers.
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At the end of a three-month covert investigation, the police arrested nine suspects, including two employees of the Immigration and Population Authority, on suspicion of receiving bribes, fraud and breach of trust.
According to the allegations, the Immigration and Population Authority's employees in the Humanitarian Committees received funds to approve the continued employment and stay of foreign workers beyond the five years stipulated in the law.
In exchange, the foreign workers were required to pay between $5,000-$7,000 for extending their employment permit beyond the five years in which they were permitted to work in Israel.
After the police investigators collected all the evidence against the main suspects, the suspects were brought to the Magistrate's Court in Jerusalem for a hearing on extending their remand.
The police said after the network's exposure that, "There is no doubt that we have exposed and closed down a sophisticated network in which every person had a clear role. Together they created a mechanism by which the suspects were able to pocket the accumulated sum of millions of shekels, while doing so on the back of the taxpayers, the foreign workers who wanted to continue working in Israel and distressed families who were the employers “recruited” to perpetrate the crime.”