Leshem Akrish did not declare his income in the amount of millions of shekels from the sales of the virtual currency, and did not report this in the annual report • The State Attorney's Office seeks to confiscate his profits
Charge for failure to report revenue from Bitcoin
The Cyber Department of the State Attorney's Office today (Wednesday) filed an indictment in the Tel Aviv Magistrate's Court against Leshem Akrish, 34, for omitting income from sales of a virtual currency of the Bitcoin type in the amount of about two million shekels.
According to the indictment, which is considered rare, during 2018, Akrish together with his partner Erez Shmueli (against whom an indictment was filed in June 2019) sold virtual coins for a lot of cash.
The defendant did not report his income from the sale of Bitcoin to the Tax Authority, did not announce the opening of a currency trading business, and even omitted the receipts in the amount of NIS 2 million from the 2018 report.
During the investigation by the Israel Police, through the cyber unit in Lahav 443 and the diamond unit in the Tax Authority, cash was seized in Akrish's possession. The prosecution seeks to confiscate the amount in the possession of the defendant, insofar as he is convicted of the offenses attributed to him.