One thing is for sure: quite a bit of money has gone down the drain. As for the rest, it will be the court that will decide. Former basketball player Gal Mekel/Danny Maron
This week, a complaint was filed with the police against Alon Mekel, the father of basketball player Gal Mekel, on suspicion that his father filed a lawsuit against a senior capital market official and four others for NIS 9.2 million, basing the lawsuit, allegedly, on materials stolen from the computer and cellular device of one of the defendants - a crypto investor.
According to the lawsuit, Mekel and his father invested about $2 million in the same crypto trader who disappeared with the money and went underground. The name of the senior capital market official was attached to the lawsuit, because the senior official considered setting up a company with the same trader and a third person, but when he discovered that the trader had also stolen his investment, he decided to drop the idea and the company did not actually start operating.
In a lawsuit filed against several defendants, Alon Mekel, a CPA and real estate developer, claims, among other things, that he fell victim to a large-scale fraud when they defrauded him and stole $5.2022 million from him under the false pretense of managing legitimate investments. It is also alleged that during 300, the defendants made false representations to his children that they were managing his investment in stable and relatively safe financial instruments and that his investments allegedly yielded a profit of $<>,<>.
"Use of materials stolen from a computer and/or mobile phone"
The senior capital market official argued in the Tel Aviv District Court that he had nothing to do with the investment of Gal Mekel and his father, and claimed, among other things, that behind this lawsuit, besides Alon, there is also Gal Mekel and with them criminal elements who sold them stolen property. According to him, these are private WhatsApp correspondences that do not belong to them, which, according to him, were used improperly in the framework of the lawsuit in order to intimidate the senior official and try to extract money from him illegally.
According to the official, at the time Gal and his father invested the two million dollars, the official had no business relationship with the crypto scammer, and from what he knows, after the scammer went underground, he made crypto transactions for an entire month from Gal Mekel's apartment and personal computer. The police complaint against Alon Mekel alleges that the latter uses materials stolen from the crypto trader's laptop and/or mobile phone and correspondence with the executive.
The official claims in court that Alon Mekel acted in bad faith, and that to this day he still holds stolen property that belongs to him and includes private conversations with the crypto trader - and that he should not be in his possession. According to the official, the person who apparently sold the stolen materials to Alon Mekel offered a senior capital market official at the beginning of the year to purchase for a sum of money, exactly the same materials stolen from the crypto trader's computer and mobile phone – in which Gal and Alon invested the $2 million that disappeared. Of course, the senior capital market official adamantly refused to purchase the stolen materials.
The District Court has not yet set a date for hearing the case in the presence of all parties to the lawsuit.
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