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Disgraced former finance minister Avraham Hirschson dies at 81

Avraham Hirchson at the Knesset in Jerusalem on March 24 2008 (Michal Fattal/Flash90)
Avraham Hirchson at the Knesset in Jerusalem on March 24 2008 (Michal Fattal/Flash90)

Former finance minister Avraham Hirschson dies at 81, Hebrew-language media reports.

Hirschson served as a member of the Knesset for both the Likud and Kadima parties.

In 2009 he was convicted of a string of crimes including aggravated fraud, theft, breach of trust, money laundering, and forgery of corporate documents after embezzling millions from a union he used to run.

He sentenced to five and a half years behind bars along with a NIS 450,000 fine. A parole board granted him early release for good behavior in 2012 and he left jail in 2013.

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