Employees with Russian embassy in Israel accused of stealing $767 thousand

Employees with Russian embassy in Israel accused of stealing $767 thousand
Russian embassy in Tel Aviv Photo: TASS

According to investigators, the stolen money was spent on real estate

Three employees of the Russian embassy in Israel, including the chief accountant, were accused of embezzling 50 million rubles ($767.3 thousand), the press service of the Investigative Committee reports. According to the department, the women used forged documents to withdraw money from the institution’s accounts, and then bought real estate in Moscow and the Moscow region.

“Between October 2012 and August 2014, Natalya Zhuravleva, the chief accountant of the embassy, using her offcial position, together with employee Anna Sidorova and with the assistance of Irina Los, employee with Goszagransobstvennost, stole funds from foreign currency accounts of the institution worth more than 49 million rubles ($752 thousand)," - says the message of the Investigative Committee. According to investigators, Zhuravleva and her accomplices made fake receipts about paying local taxes and fees, renting real estate and other services, and thus stole the embassy’s money.

The embassy employees are charged with Swindling and Aiding in Swindling (part 4 of Art. 159 and part 5 of Art. 33, part 4 of Art. 159 of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation). The property bought on the stolen money has been seized.

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