|Shlomo Lahiani |
|11th Mayor of Bat Yam|
|Born||22 May 1965|
Shlomo Lahiani (Hebrew: שלמה לחיאני, born May 22, 1965) is a business owner and former Israeli politician. He was formerly mayor of Bat Yam. In 2014, following a corruption investigation, Lahiani pleaded guilty to three counts of breach of public trust and accepting at least NIS700,000 in bribes.
In 1997, he founded the independent political movement Bat Yam BeRosh Muram (Hebrew: בת ים בראש מורם, "Bat Yam with its head held high"). In 1998, the movement won five seats on the Bat Yam city council. He served as a city council member and leader of the opposition from 1998 until 2003, when he became mayor.
"Despite having been indicted and previously fired by the High Court of Justice," he was first elected mayor as a Labour-backed independent in 2003 with 45% of the vote, beating the Likud candidate. He was subsequently re-elected, with 86.3% of the vote, reportedly the highest ever in a large Israeli city, in 2008. In 2000, he founded Ohavim, a non-profit organization with the goal of improving welfare and child care, and managing soup kitchens in the city.
In December 2009, Lahiani was arrested on charges of fraud, breach of trust, embezzlement and money laundering following a two-year undercover investigation. Lahiani was indicted in April 2013 with accepting bribes of NIS 900,000 and failing to disclose NIS 8 million in income, as well as fraud and breach of trust.
In a plea bargain reached in 2014, Lahiani pleaded guilty to three reduced charges of breach of trust. On September 30, 2014, Lahiani was given six months of community service, as well as a six-month suspended sentence and a 250,000-shekel (US$67,840) fine, and barred from politics for seven years. He admitted to using money from the bribes to pay debts of his construction company, Alshav.
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