Haredim Stole Millions From Government In New Yeshiva Fraud, Cops Say
Shmarya Rosenberg • FailedMessiah.com
Israel police raided several haredi yeshivas earlier today and arrested five school principals in what police say is a multimillion shekel fraud scheme, Israeli media reported today.
The haredi principals arrested allegedly falsely registered 3-year-old to 14-year-old children as students in anti-Zionist haredi yeshivas in Jerusalem and Beitar Illit. The government pays haredi yeshivot a fixed amount of money per registered student.
A similar fraud involving older students was uncovered two years ago.
One of the arrested men is also accused of extortion in the haredi news website Behdrei Haredim case.
Police also confiscated documents, computers and other evidence.
More arrests are expected as the investigation progresses.