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Kfar Saba ex-mayor convicted of making personal use of funds meant for the poor

Kfar Saba Mayor Yehuda Ben-Hamo appears at a remand hearing at Rishon Lezion Magistrate's Court on February 13, 2017, after he was arrested for suspected corruption. (Flash90)
Kfar Saba Mayor Yehuda Ben-Hamo appears at a remand hearing at Rishon Lezion Magistrate's Court on February 13, 2017, after he was arrested for suspected corruption. (Flash90)

The former mayor of Kfar Saba is convicted of using funds raised for the central Israeli city’s needy for his own personal and political gain.

The Central District Court convicts Yehuda Ben-Hamo of fraud, breach of trust, aggravated receiving of something under false circumstances, and theft by a public servant.

Judge Ami Kobo rules that Ben-Hamo had created a “fraud mechanism” by using some NIS 607,500 ($171,000) worth of gift cards and cash — ostensibly raised for the city’s poor — for his own personal needs, while giving others to his associates, subordinates, household workers and neighborhood activists, both for their own use and to distribute to city residents.

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