Mahane Yehuda market in Jerusalem.
April 2021 (Photo: Flash 90, Olivier Fitosi)
The owner of a fruit and vegetable business in the Mahane Yehuda market in Jerusalem was arrested on suspicion of defrauding income by employing "black" workers and reducing purchases by a total of NIS 3.8 million.
The suspect, Shabtai Mokhtar, was released today (Monday) under restrictive conditions, and a bail of NIS 500,000 was set for him.
From the findings of the investigation, a suspicion arose that Mokhtar did not keep accounting books as required, did not report purchases totaling 3 million shekels he made in the wholesale market, in order not to report the sales he made and thus to eliminate income.
In addition, he is suspected of employing workers illegally, without issuing payslips and without reporting and paying tax.
During Sha'ar week, the mayor of Ramat Gan, Carmel Shama-HaCohen, along with his wife were interrogated for hours by the Tax Authority on suspicion of tax offenses they had committed.
At the end of the investigation, the two were released under restrictive conditions.
In a post on Facebook, Shamma HaCohen referred to the investigation.
"I have nothing to hide - I have not been asked a single question about the Ramat Gan municipality or my previous public positions," he wrote.
"The investigation concerning the private affairs of a company's reports, which I established 24 years ago and which I resigned from managing 13 years ago in accordance with the duty imposed on every member of the Knesset."
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