[Video below.] A comprehensive investigation conducted by the Economic Unit of the Israeli Police in recent months against a number of senior ministers in the Ministry of Religious Affairs resulted in a massive raid this morning in chareidi communities throughout the country.
The investigation revealed that certain individuals had claimed to have several hundred members in their mosdos when they in fact had far fewer. The claims led to increased government funding. An investigation into the alleged fraud continues while those who were arrested are being questioned by Israeli investigators regarding monthly stipends given by the Ministry of Education for those who did not actually learn at these kollelim or yeshivos.
A police spokesperson said that in the coming days, further arrests are expected.
Over 1,000 fabricated ID cards, as well as machines used in producing false IDs, have been discovered by police.
The police raid took place in Yerushalayim, Beit Shemesh and Beitar Illit.
Click below for a video of one of the police raids: