Pop star Kobi Peretz begins prison term for tax evasion
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Pop star Kobi Peretz begins prison term for tax evasion

Mizrahi singer to serve 18-month sentence at Ma’asiyahu after president rejected pardon request earlier this month

Israeli pop singer Kobi Peretz (C) and his wife arrive for a hearing at the Tel Aviv District Court on June 28, 2017. (Yonatan Sindel/Flash90)
Israeli pop singer Kobi Peretz (C) and his wife arrive for a hearing at the Tel Aviv District Court on June 28, 2017. (Yonatan Sindel/Flash90)

Mizrahi pop singer Kobi Peretz began his prison sentence on Sunday for tax evasion.

Accompanied by family members and surrounded by photographers, Peretz arrived at Ma’asiyahu Prison in central Israel, where he will serve his 18-month term.

Peretz was convicted in May 2016 by the Tel Aviv Magistrate’s Court for tax evasion amounting to NIS 5.8 million ($1.5 million).

He was indicted on tax fraud charges for hiding millions of shekels in income between 2005 and 2009, submitting false income information, and making threats against his agent, who turned state’s witness against him in 2012.

His initial two-year sentence was reduced to 18 months following an appeal.

Earlier this month, President Reuven Rivlin rejected Peretz’s request for a pardon.

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