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Israeli Education Ministry officials arrested in scam

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JERUSALEM (JTA) — Two officials in Israel’s Education Ministry were arrested on suspicion of taking bribes from a haredi Orthodox yeshiva.

The officials are accused of accepting reports that inflated the number of students at the institution, which increased the yeshiva’s budget allocation from the ministry.

They were arraigned Tuesday in Jerusalem Magistrate’s Court, Ynet reported, along with the yeshiva director and a teacher.

The officials reportedly have confessed to their involvement in the scam, which has been active for several months. The scam allowed the yeshiva to receive thousands of extra shekel a month.   

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