A 19-year-old Israeli man from Tel Aviv has been arrested on suspicion of using a fake ID to buy a wayfair desk and other items at a mall in Tel Aviv, Israeli police said on Friday.
The police, who did not give a reason for the arrest, said that in the course of the investigation the suspect was identified as Benjamin M. Shaul, an Israeli-born computer engineer and entrepreneur.
Shaul, who was born in the Palestinian city of Ramallah, is charged with illegal use of a fake identity and the unlawful possession of a counterfeit identity card.
A day earlier, a Tel Aviv court had convicted Shaul of a similar charge.
Shul has denied all the charges.
Israeli news site Haaretz reported that police had arrested Shaul at a shopping center in the West Bank city of Nablus, and said that he was taken to an unknown location and that he had not yet been formally charged.
A video posted on Twitter showed a man with his hands in the air.
“I just got out of jail and I’m ready to leave.
I don’t have anything to hide.
I want justice.
I have nothing to hide,” he can be heard saying in the video.
A senior police source said the case was being handled by the national counterintelligence agency, and that the police believed Shaul had obtained the fake ID and was trying to pass it on to someone else.
The arrest comes a few days after Israel detained a man in Jerusalem’s Tel Aviv district on suspicion that he used a fake passport to purchase a waypoint desk, a computer monitor and other goods at a supermarket.
In a separate case, a woman in the Israeli town of Beersheba was arrested on Friday on suspicion she used a passport to buy clothes, jewelry and other objects, Israeli media reported.
The police did not say how long the woman had been in custody.
Israel has become increasingly active in combating the spread of fake passports.
Earlier this month, the country launched a national investigation into the use of forged IDs, and last week the country’s cabinet voted to ban foreign nationals from using Israeli passports.