Atty-General Suspect in Hiring Illegal Entrant

Attorney-General Yehuda Weinstein is suspected of hiring an illegal worker before taking on his current job.

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Maayana Miskin, | updated: 22:25

Attorney General Weinstein
Attorney General Weinstein
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Attorney-General Yehuda Weinstein is suspected of having hired an illegal entrant to do work in his home, Channel 10 News reported Sunday evening. The alleged violation of labor laws occurred before Weinstein began serving as attorney general.

The Immigration Authority plans to begin a criminal investigation of the attorney general in the upcoming days, on the order of State Prosecutor Moshe Lador, who is Weinstein's subordinate.

Weinstein has said that the worker in question presented his wife with documents according to which he was in Israel legally.

Defense Minister Ehud Barak and his wife Nili Priel have also been accused of hiring a foreign worker. Weinstein initially closed an investigation in that case for lack of evidence; however, a reporter later tracked down the “missing” foreign worker, leading to an arrest and the reopening of the case.

The punishment for knowingly employing an illegal foreign worker is a fine of up to 20,000 shekels for a first offense, and up to 40,000 for a second offense.