The hedge-funder charged with bribing labor leaderNorman Seabrook to get his hands on $20 million in union funds is a major Jewish philanthropist with a shady past.
Murray Huberfeld runs his own charity, the Huberfeld Family Foundation, that has doled out millions of dollars to Orthodox Jewish causes, including synagogues tied to the Chabad-Lubavitch movement, according to the Forward.
He’s also a board member of the Simon Wiesenthal Center, which runs the Museum of Tolerance in Midtown, and was part of a 40-person delegation that met with Pope Benedict XVI in 2005.
During his Vatican visit, Huberfeld told the pontiff that the trip “was particularly meaningful because his mother was hidden and spared extermination by a righteous Christian family during the Holocaust,” according to a post on the Wiesenthal Center’s Web site.
Huberfeld’s personal history also includes a 1992 misdemeanor conviction for having a stand-in take his Series 7 broker-licensing exam, for which he got two years’ probation and a $5,000 fine.
In 1998, Huberfeld and a business partner, David Bodner, also coughed up nearly $4.7 million in profits and interest to settle civil allegations that they sold more than 513,000 shares of restricted stock in a company called Incomnet.
Terms of the deal also called for their firm to fork over a $50,000 civil penalty to the Securities and Exchange Commission, with Huberfeld and Bodner personally paying another $15,000 each.
According to the complaint against him, cooperating witness Jona Rechnitz told the feds that Huberfeld secretly runs the Platinum Partners hedge fund that he founded, but is “not publicly acknowledged as playing any significant role” due to “a prior lawsuit or investigation relating to a fund Huberfeld previously ran.”
Huberfeld has addresses on both West End Avenue and in Lawrence, LI, where he and his wife are raising several kids.