Former MK begins serving 10-year sentence for elaborate scam

December 15, 2021 by Aryeh Savir - TPS
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Former Deputy Interior Minister and Member of Knesset Faina Kirschenbaum arrived at the Neve Tirza women’s prison in Ramla this morning to begin serving a 10-year sentence after being convicted of bribery, money laundering and tax offences.

Faina Kirschenbaum Photo: Wikimedia Commons

Kirshenbaum, a former member of Avigdor Libermna’s Yisrael Beitenu party, was also sentenced to a NIS 900,000 fine. The time she has already spent behind bars will be subtracted from the 10-year sentence.

Kirshenbaum, the party’s former secretary-general, was convicted along with 17 other people of taking kickbacks in exchange for securing illegal funding for NGOs.

Together with other Yisrael Beitenu officials, she provided funding the party was entitled to hand out through coalition agreements to NGOs and public institutions in exchange for kickbacks in the form of support for Yisrael Beitenu institutions or their own private businesses and family members.

Judge Yaron Levy wrote in the verdict that Kirshenbaum “systematically took bribes in a cunning and sophisticated manner for six years. She fatally harmed the associations and businesses from which she took bribes, harmed the public.”

Liberman, currently Israel’s minister of finance, managed to emerge unscathed from the scandal.


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