|Six new indictments have reportedly been submitted by the Tel Aviv District Attorney in Israel in connection with the illegal "underground bank" which apparently operated for many years within the closed diamond exchange complex in Ramat Gan, Israel.
The new indictments are brought against the following individuals and their companies, as reported by Israel's Globes business newspaper: Rafi Chen, Rivka Pastag, Salomon Pastag, Elias Shiri, Avishai Orkavi, Itzhak Itamar, Metatyahu Imbar and Barak Nachiasi. The charges against each include tax offences in the millions of shekels, as well as making false statements in their corporation documents. This brings the number of accused in the case to 15, reports the news source.In January 2012, Israel's tax authority raided the diamond exchange in Ramat Gan and investigated dozens of suspects in relation to their involvement in the activities of the underground bank operating in the bourse. The undisclosed bank is thought to have performed financial activities that generated hundreds of millions of shekels.