The list of those harmed by Eldad Peri (44), the real estate developer shot dead in the street outside his synagogue in Rehovot on Friday morning, is a long one. Peri is suspected of having spun a web of illusions over the years, and apparently ran a Ponzi scheme with the money he received from members of buyer groups, needing a constant inflow of new money to finance previous activity, without which the business goes into freefall, as happened to Peri.
Eldad Peri left behind him debts of hundreds of millions of shekels and a series of lawsuits over money that disappeared, payments that never reached trustee accounts, multiple caveats in Tabu (the Land Registry), loans upon loans that were never repaid, and failure to provide collateral to buyers.
His affairs are now being managed under two trusteeships: one of Adv. Ohad Gindes and Adv. Gonen Kestenbaum, who are acting as trustees of Peri’s group of real estate companies, and the second of Adv. Erez Haver, who was appointed provisional trustee of Peri’s personal assets. Gindes and Kestenbaum released a report last October, while Haver published his report two months later.
The findings of the trustees’ examinations are similar. According to Haver, the Peri group and Peri himself had debts totaling NIS 330 million. The report by Gindes and Kestenbaum reached a total of NIS 315 million. The difference is apparently represented by additional personal debts unconnected to Peri’s companies.
In addition, many…