Why Would East Ramap Private Yeshiva Educated Children, Who are Not Permitted to Use the Internet, Need Millions of Dollars Worth of Funding for Computers or Internet????
LostMessiah, March 16, 2016, below from Lohud
FBI raids in Ramapo target ed-tech spending
Lohud, March 16, 2016
Dozens of agents and Rockland police staged Wednesday morning at the Fire Training Center in Ramapo before the action unfolded
FBI agents and Rockland district attorney’s office investigators fanned out across Ramapo on Wednesday with search warrants demanding that vendors provide records and account for equipment allegedly bought by religious schools with millions in federal education technology dollars.
Agents descended around 1:30 p.m. on vendors at 21 and 29 Robert Pitt Drive, Monsey; 161 Route 59, Monsey; and 386 Route 59, Airmont to seize records.
The FBI-led raids are part of an investigation into whether Rockland yeshivas properly spent money obtained through the federal government’s E-Rate program, which came into existence in 1998 and today allocates more than $4 billion annually for computer and Internet access across the nation.
About a dozen FBI agents and Ramapo police officers climbed in the window of a suite behind a brick office building at 386 Route 59 in Airmont at 1:15 p.m. Wednesday. Agents have been taking out boxes and putting them on a dolly. They questioned a man outside the suite but no arrests appear to have been made.
One of the agents was wearing a jacket with “FBI Cyber Task force” written on the back.
Neither U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara’s office Rockland District Attorney nor Thomas Zugibe provided immediate comment on the raids or the investigation.
The raids come as state and federal prosecutors continue jointly investigating potential governmental corruption in Ramapo and Clarkstown. A joint federal-district attorney task force successfully convicted the former Spring Valley Mayor Noramie Jasmin and Deputy Mayor Joseph Desmaret of bribe-taking involving a local development. More recently both a Ramapo councilman and the Spring Valley building inspector have faced state fraud charges.
Questions about the ultra-Orthodox community’s use of E-Rate funding were first raised in 2013 articles in the Jewish press.
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