Faina Kirschenbaum
Faina Kirschenbaum Hadas Parush/Flash 90

The Tel Aviv District Court indicted former Deputy Interior Minister Faina Kirshenbaum (Yisrael Beytenu) on Tuesday, along with ten others for a variety of offenses stemming from the blockbuster 'Yisrael Beytenu Case.'

Kirshenbaum is accused of bribery, breach of trust, fraud, tax evasion, and money laundering. Police say she received large amounts of money through NGOs and used some of the funds as bribes and as personal gifts to others, some of whom were relatives whom she had been given jobs to.

Also indicted was the former head of the party's headquarters, David Godovsky, the former Director-General of the Ministry of Agriculture, Rami Cohen and his wife Batya, the treasurer of the Binyamin Regional Council Effi Peles, the chairman of 'Ayalim' NGO Matan Dahan, and his deputy Danny Gliksberg.

The large-scale corruption investigation involving the Ministry of Interior began in 2015, and was dubbed "the Yisrael Beytenu investigation" by local media, because of the central role played by then-Deputy Minister Faina Kirshenbaum and other party officials.

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