Ill Repute Puts All Jewish Charities at Risk – Chabad UK a Potential Fraud, Another Scheming Charity

Orthodox man convicted over £10 million charity scam

Edward Cohen, 67, illegally sold medication – including viagra – through Jewish charities

 

An Orthodox man has been convicted of laundering proceeds from the illegal sale of medication totalling more than £10 million through Jewish charities. 

Edward Cohen, 67, funnelled “huge sums of money” – from sales and charitable donations – through an international network of firms, bank accounts and currency exchanges.

Southwark Crown Court heard that the medication sold included Viagra, slimming pills and prescription medication.

Edward Cohen fled the country ahead of the start of the trial and was convicted in his absence. 

Edward Cohen’s son David, a 38-year-old teacher, was cleared of money laundering charges and supplying false information to the Charity Commission.

But he was convicted of providing false information for the purposes of obtaining benefits. 

David Cohen, of Ashbourne Avenue, in Temple Fortune, North London, was granted bail.

Both men will be sentenced on July 4. 

The trial partly concerns the financial activity of charity Chabad UK – which is entirely separate from Chabad Lubavitch UK, and not part of the official Chabad movement.

Data obtained by police investigators show that in one financial year – 2012/13 – Chabad UK’s income jumped from £1.26 million to just under £8 million, almost £7 million of which came from merchant accounts linked to sales.

The following year, Chabad received £2.85 million from merchant accounts, out of a total income of £3.4 million.

It contrasted with the period from 2008 until 2012, when merchant account proceeds accounted for 2.5 per cent of an income of £6.05 million.

The jury heard that Chabad UK’s premises, on Oldhill Street in Stamford Hill, North London, were raided by police officers on September 1, 2014.

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2 thoughts on “Ill Repute Puts All Jewish Charities at Risk – Chabad UK a Potential Fraud, Another Scheming Charity

  1. “The trial partly concerns the financial activity of charity Chabad UK – which is entirely separate from Chabad Lubavitch UK, and not part of the official Chabad movement”

    knowing how the messianic branch of chabad is (often &/or partly officially) shunned by the “official Chabad movement”, i would be interested to know exactly the real status of chabad uk
    google of “chabad uk” brings up a certain similarity between the 2 groups:
    “Charity Commission launches investigation into Chabad Lubavitch UK …
    https://www.ft.com/content/3e9c4758-e3a5-3acf-8b49-ce63916503c7
    Sep 8, 2017 – The UK’s Charity Commission has launched an investigation into Chabad Lubavitch UK”
    as a media savvy multi-national, why doesn’t “official” chabad better protect it’s business names; in australia, afaik, this was in fact attempted, & some places in the usa force non-official groups to have “jewish centres” rather than “chabad houses”

    • my previous reply somehow wiped out the paragraph numbers before “knowing”,”google”, & “as a”. that’s weird & annoying.

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