The Times of Israel on 7th November reported that most funds stolen from French small business owners in ‘directory scam’ (“arnaque aux annuaires”) ended up in Israel, but Israeli authorities have not helped with the probe or frozen suspects’ bank accounts.  7 years after French law enforcement began receiving complaints about a sophisticated advertising scam operated from France and Israel, hundreds of victims are being notified by the French authorities that they will receive partial restitution.  Some money has been recovered from Latvia.  Most of the profits from the scam were channelled to Israel, and have not been recovered.  Israeli law enforcement authorities have been unhelpful in enabling further investigation of the scam and in recovering the stolen funds, according to the French verdict in the case.  The directory scam is said to be one of the oldest scams carried out by a Tunisian-Jewish group of criminals.  In 200 pages of matter-of-fact legal prose, the verdict paints a picture of Israeli authorities unwilling to cooperate with their French counterparts.

Author: raytodd2017

Chartered Legal Executive and former senior manager with Isle of Man Customs and Excise, where I was (amongst other things) Sanctions Officer (for UN/EU sanctions), Export Licensing Officer and Manager of the Legal-Library & Collectorate Support Section

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