A new dimension to Seabrook corruption scandal?
They pray together and live blocks apart.
The man accused of bribing the city’s former jail union boss prays at the same synagogue and resides near the head of a controversial inmate money transfer system.
The CEO of JPay, Ryan Shapiro, is an observant Jew who prays at a Bal Harbor, Florida synagogue called “The Shul.”
Murray Huberfeld, 55, a part-owner of credit hedge fund Platinum Partners, is also a member of the synagogue.
Huberfeld last month was criminally charged with offering union head Norman Seabrook $60,000 in exchange for investing $20 million of the union’s money in Huberfeld’s hedge fund.
Huberfeld and Shapiro also have homes blocks apart from the synagogue.
They vehemently deny that they have any financial ties to each other.
“Just because you assume they practice in the same religious establishment and live in similar neighborhoods does not mean they have any type of relationship,” said Shapiro’s spokeswoman Jade Trombetta.
Huberfeld donated $125,000 towards the synagogue’s building fund, according to newsletters from the place of worship.
Shapiro serves on the synagogue’s executive board, the bulletins show.
One jail system insider said it was a strange coincidence.
“All these coincidental circumstances remind me of Arsenio Hall’s catchphrase, ‘Things that make you go hmm.’”