The National Fraud Investigations Unit on Sunday arrested the Mayor of Elad Rabbi Yitzhak Idan on suspicion of bribery, fraud, and money laundering charges, following an undercover operation against the municipality that lasted for several months.
The fraud unit said Sunday that their officers, along with officials from the Tax Authority, carried out searches at the Elad city hall and the homes and offices of Idan and four other suspects they believe were involved in a series of fraud, bribery, and money laundering offenses.
On Sunday, the Rishon Letzion Magistrate's Court extended Idan's remand by two days. Police had requested four, and the presiding judge approved a two day remand, saying that there is reason to believe that Idan would try to intervene with the investigation if released from custody at this point in time.
Idan's arrest came only four days after Yahud Mayor Yossi Ben-David was arrested on suspicion of taking bribes, fraud, breach of trust and money laundering. Ben-David is suspected of accepting money from a real estate developer in exchange for approving building projects he was working on.