Spain extradites accused financial criminal to Israel
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Spain extradites accused financial criminal to Israel

Israeli citizen Harel Ben David allegedly ran crime group dealing in fraud, money laundering

Illustrative: Spanish police in Barcelona, December 18, 2019. (AP Photo/Joan Mateu)
Illustrative: Spanish police in Barcelona, December 18, 2019. (AP Photo/Joan Mateu)

An Israeli citizen accused of running a massive criminal financial organization was extradited to Israel from Spain on Thursday, Israeli authorities said.

Harel Ben David is accused, alongside his brothers Yaniv and Tom Ben David, of running a criminal group dealing in hundreds of millions of shekels worth of fraud and money laundering. His brothers had already been returned to Israel from Spain.

Upon his arrival in Israel, Ben David was arrested and brought to court, which extended his detention, Israeli police said in a statement.

The arrest follows a covert, long-term investigation by the Lahav 433 police unit alongside customs authorities and officials monitoring tax offenses, money laundering and terror financing, the statement added.

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