Two set for federal trial in Israeli cosmetics case

Two set for federal trial in Israeli cosmetics case


WITH TEENAGE GIRLS. TWO MEN WILL GO TO TRIAL IN NEWPORT NEWS LATER THIS YEAR IN A CASE INVOLVING HIGH- END COSMETICS SOLD AT LOCAL SHOPPING MALLS. THEY FEDERAL GOVERNMENT SAYS THEY WERE INVOLVED IN AN ELABORATE SCHEME TO BRING IN ILLEGAL WORKERS FROM ISRAEL TO SELL ITEMS AT MALL KIOSKS – AND THEN HIDE THE PROFITS. INVESTIGATIVE REPORTER CHRIS HORNE WAS IN FEDERAL COURT THIS AFTERNOON. AND CHRIS, WHAT WAS SO SPECIAL ABOUT THESE PRODUCTS, AND WHERE WERE THEY SOLD? THEY WERE SAID TO CONTAIN SALT AND OTHER INGREDIENTS FROM THE DEAD SEA. THE FEDERAL INDICTMENT SAYS THEY WERE SOLD IN SEVEN DIFFERENT STATES, BUT HERE IN HAMPTON ROADS THE DOCUMENTS MENTION LYNNHAVEN, MACARTHUR AND PATRICK HENRY MALLS. THEY USED SEVERAL BRAND NAMES INCLUDING RASKO, STANGA, VENUS AND GAYA. 37 YEAR OLD DANI CHRIQUI AND 38 YEAR OLD SIMON SABAG FACE FEDERAL CHARGES OF CONSPIRACY AND MONEY LAUNDERING. THE GOVERNMENT SAYS THEY SET UP LOCAL BANK ACCOUNTS THAT WERE USED TO HIDE THE PROFITS OF THE OPERATION. ACCORDING TO THE INDICTMENT, MORE THAN A DOZEN ISRAELI NATIONALS ORGANIZED THE ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION OF A WORKFORCE FOR THEIR KIOSKS IN AMERICAN SHOPPING MALLS. THEY LEASED APARTMENTS IN VIRGINIA BEACH, HELD TRAINING SESSIONS AT A BEACHFRONT HOTEL, AND TRAVELLED TO LAS VEGAS FOR COMPANY CONVENTIONS. PROSECUTORS SAY AT LEAST TWO HUNDRED- FORTY ISRAELIS CAME HERE TO WORK ON B-2 TOURIST VISAS, WHICH IS ILLEGAL. THE GOVERNMENT SAYS NINE PEOPLE HAVE ALREADY PLEADED GUILTY, WITH THE HEAD OF THE COMPANY GETTING SIX AND A HALF YEARS IN PRISON. OVERALL, PROSECUTORS ARE SEEKING MORE THAN 21 MILLION DOLLARS – THE AMOUNT OF MONEY THEY SAY THE BUSINESS GENERATED OVER A 10-YEAR PERIOD. CHRIQUI AND SABAG GO TO TRIAL IN NEWPORT NEWS SEPTEMBER 12TH. CHRIS HORNE 10 ON YOUR SIDE

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