He owed money to a casino
By Linda
The chief suspect in the huge Trade Bank fraud scandal yesterday told Jerusalem's District Court that she gave her brother the tens of millions of shekels to pay off two Jerusalem underworld figures he had gambling debts with.

Ha’aretz reports that Esther Alon, a former Trade Bank senior clerk, confirmed that she stole money from the bank to help her brother cover his gambling debts `I gave them 10 checks, each of them worth NIS 1.5 million (US$322,994.26),’ Alon testified.

Prosecutors claim that Yossi Malcha and Yitzhak Bar Moha, held Ofer Maximov at a Jerusalem hotel in order to force him to pay off gambling debts owed to a casino they owned.

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