Israeli police arrest 3 suspects involved in huge flight tickets scam

Source: Xinhua| 2018-09-04 21:18:34|Editor: xuxin
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JERUSALEM, Sept. 4 (Xinhua) -- The Israeli police arrested on Tuesday three suspects involved in a flight tickets scam worth 1 million U.S. dollars.

The three suspects sold flight tickets to the Ukrainian city of Uman to 2,000 Jewish believers before absconding with the money, the police said.

On the Jewish New Year in September, tens of thousands of religious Jews will fly to Uman to pray at the grave of Rabbi Nachman of Breslov, who founded the Hasidic Jewish movement named after him at the end of the 18th century.

The police investigation began following complaints filed by two victims, who claimed to have purchased flight tickets from an Israeli travel agency called "Europnim" at a price of about 635 U.S. dollars per ticket.

A day before the flight, the company notified its customers that the tickets were cancelled, and then disappeared with the money and did not answer the customers' phone calls.

Two of the suspects are owners of the agency. They were brought for questioning on suspicion of forgery, money laundering and other offenses.

The investigation revealed that they had ordered tickets worth 1.3 million dollars from the Ukrainian Airline Anda Air, but never paid the money.

The third suspect was arrested on suspicion of collaborating with the two and receiving some of the money paid by the passengers.

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