Public money, private eyes

01.12.2012                      17.Kislew. 5773                      Wajischlach

Auslagerung:

Public money, private eyes

Private investigators are being employed by the state, in a legally questionable practice, to determine whether Israelis are eligible for their tax discounts and social benefits.

A single mother of three in the advanced stages of pregnancy, who is being identified simply as D., just wanted to receive the discount on Givat Shmuel's municipal day-care to which she was entitled. She submitted an application, including the documents attesting to her financial situation, but quickly found herself in the midst of a probe by a private investigations firm, hired by the Social Affairs Ministry….