Israel police reveal new evidence in PM Olmert corruption investigation Mike Rosen-Molina at 1:23 PM ET
[JURIST] Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert [official profile] misappropriated approximately $100,000 by double-billing different sources for travel and hotel expenses, Israeli police said Friday after questioning the politician. Olmert's travel agency, Rishon Tours, would allegedly ask various state agencies and charities to pay Olmert's travel bills without telling them that other bodies were also being asked to pay the same bills. The new allegations come as part of a continuing investigation into accusations of corruption surrounding Olmert's relationship with US businessman Morris Talansky. State prosecutors say Olmert personally received cash payments [Jerusalem Post report; JURIST report] from Talansky while serving as a minister of industry, trade and labor. In May, police raided Olmert's offices [JURIST report] in search of evidence. Olmert has denied all wrongdoing. AP has more. Ha'aretz has local coverage.
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