Yair Peretz (Hebrew: יאיר פרץ, born 1954) is a former
Israeli politician who served as a member of the Knesset for
1999 until being convicted of fraudulently obtaining an academic
degree in March 2006.
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Born in Morocco, Peretz made aliyah to
Israel in 1961. After his
national service in the IDF (in which he served in the Nahal), he
worked as a social worker.
In 1999 he was elected to the Knesset on the
Shas list. During his
first term as an MK, he chaired the committee on Foreign Workers and
the Labour, Welfare and Health committee, and was also the chairman of
Shas parliamentary group. He was re-elected in 2003 and remained
chair of the party's parliamentary group.
In December 2004 the Knesset House Committee revoked Peretz's
parliamentary immunity so that he could be charged with breach of
trust, fraud and attempted conspiracy. The charges related to
alleged attempts to obtain a bachelor's degree in psychology from
Bar-Ilan University, which was uncovered by a police wiretap.
After being convicted of fraudulently obtaining an academic degree in
March 2006, he resigned from the Knesset and was replaced by Ofer
Hugi (who himself was later imprisoned for various charges related to
forgery and fraud).
List of Israeli public officials convicted of crimes or misdemeanors
^ a b Gideon Alon (21 December 2004). "Committee revokes Peretz's
immunity". Haaretz. Retrieved 13 January 2014.
^ a b "Shas' Peretz resigns after fraud conviction". Haaretz. 24 March
2006. Retrieved 13 January 2014.
^ Nir Hasson (19 February 2007). "Ex-MK Hugi sentenced to two years in
jail for embezzlement". Haaretz. Retrieved 13 February 2014.
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