At least 27 Israelis—and possibly as many as 39 Jews worldwide—have been arrested as part of a global swoop against online fraud—with the official Israeli police statement acknowledging that the Jewish ethnostate is the world’s “center that exports this kind of fraud.”
According to a report in the Jerusalem-based Times of Israel, titled “As Israel-based financial fraud soars, police swoop on 20 suspects as part of global, FBI-led sting,” the arrested crooks are “doing unprecedented damage to the reputation of Israel.”
A police statement acknowledged that Israel is “perceived as a center that exports this kind of fraud,” the Times of Israel continued.
According to the report, the 20 arrested Jews impersonated top executives of firms in Poland, Finland, India, France, and the United States, tricking lower-level staff into transferring them huge sums of company money.
The arrests were carried out “in conjunction with a global FBI sting against an international crime ring” that has scammed tens of millions of dollars from individuals and companies over the Internet.
The Times of Israel said that among those detained were Harry Meir Amar of Netanya, Shimon Ben Shitrit of Ashdod, Tamzi Bebershvili of Netanya, Ori Saadon of Beit Shemesh, Stanislav Nazarov of Or Akiva, Timur Kardanov of Netanya, Rabia Abdel Hai of Tira, Ahmad Abu Naji of Nazareth, Husam Hariri of Umm el-Fahm, and Moshe Hazan of Ramat Gan.
They are accused of fraud, aggravated fraud, conspiring to commit crimes, threats, extortion, money laundering, and running a criminal organization.
The suspects approached companies, including insurance companies, banks, and pension funds abroad, and impersonated senior executives of those companies.
They spoke to mid-level employees of the companies and led them to believe they were being entrusted to handle a large financial transaction on behalf of the company, but one that had to be treated with the utmost secrecy.
The mid-level employees were then instructed to wire money from the company’s corporate bank accounts to bank accounts controlled by the alleged fraudsters.
This money was then rapidly wired to bank accounts in China and elsewhere, and then transferred on to the alleged fraudsters and their co-conspirators.
According to Israeli Police, the fraudsters hired the Israeli-Arab Hariri crime organization, one of Israel’s most powerful and dangerous organized crime groups, to provide protection through the use of threats and extortion, in exchange for a percentage of the proceeds.
In a press release, Israeli Police said that although the crime ring is international in scope, it is centered in Israel.
“These international fraudulent schemes involving social engineering are growing in scale and doing unprecedented damage to the reputation of Israel, which is perceived as a center that exports this kind of fraud,” the police warned.
In the U.S., 19 arrests—of whom at least seven were identified as Israelis by the Times of Israel—were announced in an official statement from the Department of Justice, U.S. Attorney’s Office in the District of Columbia.
According to that statement, the 19 arrested people are charged with “taking part in various international fraud and money laundering conspiracies.”
It is not clear if the remaining 12 arrested by the FBI are Jews or not, but given the rest of the gang’s ethnic makeup, it seems likely.
The Times of Israel went on to say that “Israel has become a haven for criminals from abroad in recent years, particularly from France, many of whom commit Internet fraud and money laundering.”
According to that paper, the chief prosecutor in Paris announced in March 2016 that French citizens had been defrauded to the tune of €4.5 billion ($4.8 billion) in the past six years, with much of this fraud emanating from Israel.
A half billion euros of this fraud, according to French authorities, was due to the fake CEO scam and about €4 billion was due to binary options and forex fraud.
As recently as February 24, 2017, the Times of Israel continued, French magistrates “referred two French-Israeli alleged masterminds of carbon-VAT fraud to French criminal court for trial.”
The two men, Cyril Astruc and Gregory Zaoui, along with 12 others, will soon face trial, despite the fact that six of the suspects are fugitives from French justice abroad.
Astruc and Zaoui are accused of being behind a company called Crepuscule (or Twilight) which allegedly stole nearly €146 million ($155 million) of VAT taxes from the French government between April 2008 and March 2009.
The Crepuscule case is one of about 15 separate cases proceeding through the French justice system that are related to carbon-VAT fraud, which has been dubbed “the swindle of the century” in France.
Many of the suspects, the Times of Israel continued “were French Jews who either had or later obtained Israeli citizenship. One such network, headed by Arnaud Mimran and Marco Mouly, stole €283 million in VAT taxes. Much of this crime, according to a Haaretz investigative report, was carried out from the perpetrators’ computers in offices in Tel Aviv.
Mimran and Mouly were each sentenced to eight years in prison by a French court last July. However, several of their co-conspirators were sentenced in absentia and are believed to be living freely in Israel.”
Israel is also the world’s center of the “binary fraud” swindle, which the FBI estimates steals $10 billion annually from victims all over the world.
Despite the fact that “binary options” are illegal in Israel, thousands of Jews are employed in the industry in Tel Aviv—and aim their efforts at non-Jews living outside Israel.
The Times of Israel admitted that the Jewish state is the center of the “binary options” fraud—and that Israeli Police have made no arrests in connection to binary options and forex fraud.