Son Of Prominent Rebbe And Entourage Arrested At Ben Gurion Airport For Forging COVID-19 Tests

Medical technicians test passengers for COVID-19 at Ben Gurion International Airport, March 8, 2021. Photo by Flash90.

JERUSALEM (VINnews) — The son of a prominent rebbe in the US and a number of his entourage have been arrested at Israel’s Ben Gurion airport on suspicion of forging coronavirus tests, according to a report by Kikar Hashabat.

According to the report, they were arrested for having allegedly forged the paperwork of their coronavirus tests to be allowed entry into Israel. They were all detained and their telephones and passports confiscated.

The Israeli health ministry announced Thursday that police had arrested 23 people with forged coronavirus tests on their way to New York. The ministry said that the suspicions had been raised by United Airlines and then investigated by health officials after they discovered that the coronavirus tests all had the same serial number.

The passengers, who were already on their plane, were deplaned and detained by police. Later they were released on bail and fined and their details were transferred to US authorities.

The group were transferred to Beit Shemesh and told to report for investigation next week.


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