The Israeli contractor who last week was extradited from the US for tax evasion was sentenced Tuesday morning by the Jerusalem Magistrate’s Court to 30 months in prison and ordered to pay a NIS 60,000 fine.
Aharon Barashi fled to the United States in 2003 and settled in the Miami area, after being indicted in Jerusalem for owing some NIS 17.5 million ($4.6 million) in taxes related to a contracting business he operated from 1997 to 2001.
After his November arrest in the US, Barashi cooperated with authorities, which expedited his transfer to Israel. He confessed to his crime and struck a plea bargain with the Jerusalem district prosecutor’s office, and was convicted on charges of tax evasion last week.
His extradition marked the first time an Israeli accused of tax offenses in Israel had been extradited from the US.