Fourteen people were recently indicted on tax evasion offenses related to unreported income of over NIS 4.5 billion derived from an illegal gambling website, it was announced Sunday.
The men, residents of central Israel and Haifa, were all connected with illegal website Donbet.com which operated between 2009-2012, and allowed Israelis to place bets on sporting events throughout the world. All were indicted in late 2013 on offenses related to illegal gambling and money-laundering.
The amended indictments, which now include tax evasion offenses, were filed against the four owners of the website, nine bookies connected with it and one alleged money-laundering accomplice.
The website featured extensive betting operations on soccer games, horse racing, and blackjack. Every day thousands of gamblers bet hundreds of thousands of dollars that were cleared through Israeli bank accounts.