On 10 May, the Times of Israel reported that 4 years after a probe was first launched, state prosecutors have filed indictments against suspects in a sprawling alleged corruption scandal called “Case 3000” and involving the purchase of navy vessels worth hundreds of millions of dollars from a German shipbuilder. However, cases were closed against David Shimron, cousin and former personal lawyer to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, as well as former commander of the Israeli Navy Eliezer Marom, after prosecutors accepted their defences. Indictments for bribery, money laundering, and tax offences were filed against Miki Ganor, who was the local agent for Thyssenkrupp, and Avriel Bar-Yosef, once Netanyahu’s choice to be head of the Israel National Security Council, was indicted for bribery and breach of trust. Indictments for bribery, money laundering, and breach of trust were filed against Netanyahu’s former chief of staff David Sharan; former chair of the fundraising organization Keron Hayesod (the United Israel Appeal) Eliezer Sandberg; Brigadier General(reserve) Shay Brosh, a former commander of the Israeli Navy’s commando unit; Rami Taib, a former political adviser to Likud minister Yuval Steinitz; and media adviser Yitzhak Liber. The scandal involves suspicions Israeli officials were bribed to push for the acquisition of naval vessels and submarines from ThyssenKrupp. It also involves the sale of 2 submarines and 2 anti-submarine warships by Germany to Egypt.
On 10 May, Professional Security reported that the 4th annual report from NCSC, a part of GCHQ, says it had taken down more scams in the last year than in the previous 3 years combined. The NCSC used its Takedown Service against scams such as fake celebrity endorsement scams and bogus Covid vaccines adverts. More than 700,000 online scams totalling 1.4 million URL were removed by the NCSC. The most phished UK government brand was HMRC. The Suspicious Email Reporting Service was launched in April 2020, and received nearly four million reports by year-end, leading to the removal of over 26,000 scams not previously identified by the Takedown Service.
On 10 May, The Recruiter reported that a new report from the BBC has again put the spotlight on schemes that create sham ‘mini umbrella companies’ that UK temporary workers are employed through, costing the UK “hundreds of millions of pounds” in lost taxes. It is claimed that more than 48,000 of these companies have been created in the past 5 years, involving the recruitment of more than 40,000 people from the Philippines to front the companies as ‘directors’. Recruitment agencies working on behalf of clients employ temporary workers through a series of mini umbrella companies and, because each has only a small number of workers, it can qualify for the NI relief..