Ramat Gan Mayor Put on House Arrest

Ramat Gan Mayor sentenced to house arrest for seven days after being charged in Municipality corruption scandal.

Ido Ben Porat, Cynthia Blank ,

Yisrael Zinger, Mayor of Ramat Gan
Yisrael Zinger, Mayor of Ramat Gan

The Mayor of Ramat Gan, Yisrael Zinger, was sentenced Monday night to seven days of house arrest after being charged on suspicion of accepting various forms of bribes. 

The Magistrate's Court in Rishon Lezion also ordered that Zinger was prohibited from entering or coming close to the Municipality building in Ramat Gan for a period of 15 days. 

Zinger was arrested Monday morning, along with 30 other municipality employees, as part of a year-long undercover police investigation and crackdown on corruption

Employees were arrested in their offices as police from the Lahav 433 crime-fighting unit raided the Ramat Gan Municipality. 

The workers, including a number of senior officials, were arrested on suspicion of elections bribery, fraud, breach of trust, money laundering and tax crimes.

According to police suspicions, those arrested promised and provided jobs in the municipality to different sources in exchange for help in promoting and then securing the election of one of the city's mayoral candidates in October 2013 local elections.

As part of the investigation police were successful in foiling an attempt by sources identified with criminals to "infiltrate" the Municipality.

Police also arrested municipal workers for providing contracting work to suppliers who had not undergone proper regulations as well as serious building violations.

The Attorney General and Police Commissioner were continually updated on the details of the investigation by the head of Lahav 433 and the head of the Investigations and Intelligence Department.