20 stories about Fraud
מייסדי וסטו יניב ברטלה ו אלון ליפשיץ

Court overturns Vesttoo's seizure request against founders and execs

20.02.24|Meir Orbach
District Court in Tel Aviv rules in favor of co-founders Yaniv Bertele and Alon Lifshitz, dismissing seizure bid
CTech TechTLV Conference Aviel Erdis

The Israeli startup saving bank customers from becoming "Trojan Horses"

16.01.24|James Spiro
CheckMate CEO Aviel Erdis explains how its solution can help banks and payment providers protect unwitting customers from helping cybercriminals with fraud attempts.
וסטו Vesttoo

Vesttoo creditors claims reach $4.8 billion, but less than $100 million likely to be recovered

The bankruptcy court in Delaware conditionally sanctioned last week the reorganization plan under Chapter 11 for Vesttoo's bankruptcy, but according to industry website Artemis, it seems likely the creditors will only ultimately receive a miniscule portion of their claims
גדי מזור מנכ"ל BioCatch

BioCatch enters unicorn club as valuation crosses $1 billion in latest secondary deal

20.11.23|Sophie Shulman
The company, which specializes in software development for identifying and preventing bank fraud and money laundering, secured around $70 million from Sapphire Ventures
מגדל לוינשטיין דרך מנחם בגין תל אביב

Vesttoo's collapse to cost Meshulam Levinstein real estate company 5.4 million NIS

02.11.23|Almog Azar
Insurtech company Vesttoo, which rented office space in Levinstein Tower for a quarter of a million shekels per month, has collapsed due to suspected embezzlement of billions of shekels.
וסטו Vesttoo

Creditors demand to liquidate Vesttoo and halt any attempt to reorganize the company

24.10.23|Meir Orbach
“Vesttoo – viewed as the Madoff of insurance – never operated as a business or as a going concern without revenue from the fraud,” read a statement by the Official Committee of Unsecured Creditors in the Vesttoo bankruptcy case
איור הייטק 19.9.23

Startup reality check: Founders and VCs face accountability wake-up call

21.09.23|Viki Auslender
Indian startup Byju's Alpha is yet another prime example of startup fraud, but the blame does not solely rest on the founders
מייסדי וסטו יניב ברטלה ו אלון ליפשיץ

Vesttoo report claims co-founders “directly involved in creating fake documents and forging identities”

07.09.23|Meir Orbach
The insurtech’s board filed its first interim report with the bankruptcy court and confirmed the source of Letter of Credit allegations. "This is a biased and fundamentally flawed investigation, which targeted the company's founders from the beginning," Bertele said
יניב ברטלה  וסטו

Ousted Vesttoo CEO appoints combative director to fight hostile board

07.09.23|Almog Azar
Co-founder Yaniv Bertele, who was officially fired by the board last week, has brought in attorney Ziv Ironi, regarded in Israel as a pioneer in the area of director activism, to fight on his behalf
יניב ברטלה  וסטו

Vesttoo CEO breaks silence in message to employees: “We were entirely unaware of any document falsification”

“We were targeted, tried, accused, and swiftly condemned even before the investigation commenced,” Yaniv Bertele wrote in a long message sent directly to current and former employees on Monday
מייסדי Vesttoo

Court rules Vesttoo can’t make compensation payments to fired staff

Vesttoo, which laid off around 75% of its workforce last month, received approval to make payments of over $2.78 million to its remaining employees, but was told it currently can’t spend an additional $2.2 million related to compensation payments
עמי בר לב מנכ"ל ביקום עמי בר-לב

Vesttoo revenue reached $110 million in 2022 prior to fraud scandal

According to a declaratory filing as part of the company’s Chapter 11, interim CEO of the company Ami Barlev revealed that Vesttoo's revenue surged from $30 million in 2021 to $110 million in 2022
עמי בר לב מנכ"ל ביקום עמי בר-לב

Beleaguered Vesttoo regains control of assets thanks to bankruptcy filing

The temporary restraining order preventing the Israeli startup from accessing its assets in the U.S. was lifted after it filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in a U.S. court a day earlier
Vesttoo co-founders

Vesttoo seeks Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection

15.08.23|Reuters and CTech
The Israeli fintech has laid off staff, closed offices and appointed an interim chief executive following the discovery of fraudulent letters of credit used on its platform
מייסדי Vesttoo

White Rock requests Tel Aviv court to freeze all Vesttoo’s Israeli accounts

14.08.23|Tomer Ganon and Almog Azar
This comes after Vesttoo had all its assets, including bank accounts, in the U.S. frozen by a New York court last week following a request by White Rock
Vesttoo co-founders

Vesttoo assets frozen by New York court

11.08.23|Almog Azar
The beleaguered fintech startup was handed another blow after all its assets, including bank accounts, were frozen at least until next week following a request by reinsurance broker Aon’s White Rock SAC
עמי בר לב מנכ"ל ביקום עמי בר-לב

Vesttoo names Ami Barlev as interim CEO as it continues to grapple with fraud scandal

10.08.23|Reuters and CTech
"We are working around the clock in order to provide solutions for our customers and partners around the world, and we will work intensively to restore the company's activities," Barlev said