Prominent Israeli lawyer charged with money laundering

By Christine Duhaime | January 1st, 2010

One of Israel’s more prominent white collar crime lawyers, Yaakov Weinroth, was charged today in Israel with bribery and money laundering according to the Jerusalem Post.

According to the report, an Israeli tax assessor, Yehoshua Vita, was indicted with Weinroth. Weinroth is alleged to have provided legal services to Yehoshua at discounted rates in order to obtain favourable tax treatment for his law firm’s clients.¬†Those clients included Michael Cherney, an Israeli industrialist born in Uzbekistan and Arkadi Gaydamak, a Russian-Israeli entrepreneur. Cherney and Gaydamak have each been the subject of criminal investigations in the past.

Weinroth is alleged to have opened a trust account in his name for Gaydamak to conceal the funds from authorities during a criminal investigation of Gaydamak. Weinroth and Yehoshua have denied the charges.

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