Israeli Police Investigate Claim That Local Winery Scammed U.S. Ambassador
In December, Calcalist reported that New York-based wine investment company Karraben Wine, previously owned by Ambassador David Friedman, sued an Israeli winery for fraud
According to the lawsuit, Montefiore Winery and Geva had presented Friedman—and later a representative of Mar Wine—with fraudulent documents including financial reports, bank transfers, and correspondence, to persuade them to make an investment.
On Tuesday, attorneys Dror Arad-Ayalon and Yuval Nachmani, Karraben's legal representation, stated in court that many people were questioned as part of the investigation. In their answer, the Geva family stated that the decision to sue Montefiore Winery was the result of Karraben making "a bad deal" with Friedman and not wanting to sue him. The presiding judge has ordered both sides to file an update within four months regarding the police investigation, halting discussion of the lawsuit in the meantime.