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  6/6/2012, Sivan 16, 5772

Shula Zaken Gets Community Service

Shula Zaken has been sentenced to four months of community service for fraud and breach of trust. Zaken was the former bureau chief for then-Prime Minister Ehud Olmert, and used her position to advance her brother’s business interests in what was dubbed the Tax Authority Affair.

Judge Chaim Li-Ran said Zaken’s behavior was immoral, but explained, “The punishment is supposed to increase according to a person’s status as a public servant. The punishment given to an office head is not that given to a senior minister.” Ultimately, Zaken was “a secretary,” he said, and so would be given a much lighter punishment than more senior accomplices.