Netanyahu donor convicted in France over vast tax scam

Arnaud Mimran gets eight years in jail for 283-million-euro carbon-tax fraud.
Arnaud Mimran arrives at the Paris courthouse on July 7, 2016. Bertrand Guay / AFP
Arnaud Mimran arrives at the Paris courthouse on July 7, 2016. Bertrand Guay / AFP

PARIS // A French court has convicted and jailed a tycoon over a €283 million carbon tax scam after a trial in which he testified he made unrelated campaign donations to Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

Arnaud Mimran was sentenced to eight years and a €1m fine for the 2008-2009 fraud, which resulted in a major tax shortfall for French authorities.

The Paris court gave prison terms ranging from one to eight years for 10 other defendants. All were convicted of aggravated fraud and money-laundering. One person was acquitted.

Half were tried in heir absence and are believed to be in Israel.

Mr Netanyahu’s office denied any campaign payments and said Mimran lawfully contributed in 2001 to a fund used while Mr Netanyahu held no office. The Israeli attorney general is investigating.

* Associated Press

Published: July 7, 2016 04:00 AM

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