posted by Clarkstown What They Don’t Want You to Know, March 16, 2016
UPDATED: 3:35 p.m.
The Journal New reports that one of the addresses raided was at 386 Route 59. The following businesses appear to listed at that address:
Ellington Capital group – www.ellingtoncapital.com – Advisory firm specializing in providing proven debt and equity solutions
Hiko Holdings LLC – Categorized under Non-Bank Holding Company
Stonehedge Acquisition Chittenango LLC – Categorized under investors.
Northern Capital – Investment advisors
Classic Replacements Inc. – buying & selling discontinues and new china, crystal, flatware, and collectibles. Replacement specialists.
Lee Nolan & Korogolian LLC – Categorized under Financial Advisory Services
Stonegate Realty – Categorized under Financial Advisory Services
Focus Ventures LLC – http://www.focusventuresllc.com/ – healthcare
Deposit Group LLC (lists this address as their mailing address – risk resolutions for landlords and tenants seeking alternatives to cash security deposits when leasing or renting a residence.
Empire states Ambulance Corporation
UPDATED: 2:10 p.m. Word from The Yeshiva World News is that parallel raids may be occurring in Kiryas Joel in Orange County. Check this link for numerous photographs of the ongoing raids:
UPDATED: 2:00 p.m. At the present time things are quiet at Fire Training Center. The agents are out conducting their assigned raids. The question that we await is will anyone be returning in handcuffs?
UPDATED: 1:30 p.m.
The Journal News is now reporting:
“FBI agents and Rockland district attorney’s office investigators fanned out across Ramapo 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.
Questions about the ultra-Orthodox community’s use of E-Rate funding were first raised in 2013 articles in the Jewish press.
The Manhattan-based Jewish Week and The Jewish Daily Forward published reports questioning the high percentage of E-Rate dollars in New York state going to Hasidic and other Orthodox schools and libraries, noting many of the schools prohibited student access to the Internet.
The Jewish Week’s first article outlined how the religious schools in Rockland and New York City obtained the federal money, while focusing on the vendors and then the investigation that led one to return $900,000.
In an 2013 interview with The Journal News, Peretz Klein, owner of Hashomer Alarm Systems in Spring Valley, credited the E-Rate program with making it possible for many needy yeshivas and other Orthodox Jewish schools to install computers and modern technology for their students. The E-Rate program reimbursed up to 90 percent of the cost of infrastructure wiring, maintenance and other services.
“The government created this program to get technology in the schools,” he said. “It’s a very big help for many schools. We service the schools, do all we can to help them.”
Klein’s 33-year-old company brought in millions in E-Rate grants to install infrastructure — servers, extensive wiring and more — at private schools in Rockland County and Brooklyn. His company is one of many across the country that focus their business on the long-controversial E-Rate program, created under the federal Telecommunications Act of 1996 to help schools and libraries in low-income communities keep up in the digital age.
This morning associates of CWTDWYTK observed that the Fire Training Center at Pomona was being blocked off and shortly thereafter the lot began to fill with automobiles some of which were Rockland County Sherriff vehicles and Ramapo Police cars. FBI agents were reportedly present.
An ABC News7 television van was parked in the Provident Bank Park and set up their equipment outside the Fire Training Center. Ramapo Police officers secured the entrance to the facility.
Early reports are that a slew of search warrants are being executed throughout Ramapo on the date that the News 12 reporter, Blaise Gomez, indicated would result in a high volume of public corruption arrests.
This is a highly fluid and developing story. However, it appears something major is happening this morning in Rockland County and that the News media has been tipped off to be at the Fire Training Center to report on it.
Stay tuned and check back for updates. We expect the television news broadcasts will be covering this story later this afternoon.