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Police suspect that these businessmen gave money to Bitan's daughter under the guise of wedding gifts which subsequently were transferred to the embattled MK. Police first revealed earlier this month that they had been conducting a secret investigation into Bitan's dealings dating back to when he was Rishon Lezion's deputy mayor. Bitan was interrogated two weeks ago for nearly 14 hours on suspicion of bribery, fraud, breach of trust, and false registration of corporate documents during his tenure as Rishon Lezion's deputy mayor. The investigation centers over allegations that he accepted bribes while chairing Rishon Letzion's planning committee in order to pay off massive debts he owed to shady loan sharks as a result of his mismanagement of the Rishon Letzion soccer team. A 2016 investigation by Channel 10 revealed that Bitan had owed as much as 6 million shekels, and Bitan has never revealed where he received the money to pay it off. Channel 10 has reported that police possess a recording of Bitan incriminating himself during a conversation with Rishon Lezion builder Moshe Yosef, who is also a suspect in the case. According to the report, the two can be heard counting money together. The recording came from a bugged piece of furniture from one of Yosef's stores in Rishon Lezion. In light of the recording, police have been attempting to convince Yosef to become a State's Witness and testify against Bitan.
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