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  6/23/2013, Tammuz 15, 5773

High Court Extends Local Official's Corruption Sentence


The Supreme Court accepted, Sunday, the state's appeal of the one-year sentence handed down to Eshkol Levi of Kibbutz Merhavia - near the Lower Galilee city of Afula - for bribery and stealing public funds, extending the prison time to 20 months.

Levi confessed to receiving a 20,000-shekel bribe while he was treasurer and secretary of the kibbutz and ordering the payment of 150,000 shekels to the contractor who paid the bribe for work that was never done. In addition to the 12 months imposed by the Be'er Sheva' District Court, he faced six additional months if he violated probation any time during the three years after his release. He was given the option of a fine for the amount of the bribe or 60 days in jail and ordered to pay 50,000 shekels to the kibbutz council.