Westchester Jews Committed To Honesty in Education – You Should Be Worried

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Letter Regarding Proposed Mortgage by Westchester Torah Academy

To the writers of the below letter, we believe that the entirety of the Mortgage, or the underlying assets is/are structurally unsound. We believe that Mark Nordlicht’s finances are heavily intertwined with the academy and would gladly send out research along. We have tried to publish information here.

You have reason to be worried. The money, in our view, is going towards creative accounting on the books and records of Nordlicht as his financial dealings interact with WTA and with ease in whichever form he chooses, whether as accounting against loans or receivables.

The Platinum swindle, Nordlicht’s involvement in WTA and the Huberman connection are no wild coincidences.

See the letter below.

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3 Tammuz and Eastern Parkway – “We Want to See Our King”

http://collive.com/show_news.rtx?id=46195&alias=thousands-to-unite-for-3-tammuz

Thousands to Unite for 3 Tammuz

Thousands are set to attend a Gimmel Tammuz event on Eastern Parkway, where Chassidim will unite to see and hear the Rebbe.

A major event is planned to take place Gimmel Tammuz on Eastern Parkway, where Chassidim will unite to see and hear the Rebbe.

The event which will take place in front of Beis Chayeinu – 770, is scheduled for Monday evening, Leil Gimmel Tammuz, June 26, 8:30 – 9:30PM.

The event’s theme is: ‘Retzoneinu Liros Es Malkeinu, Let’s Prepare, The Time Is Near’.

“Standing now over 20 years since Gimmel Tammuz, we know that the Geulah is indeed imminent, very soon, we will merit to hear a Farbrengen once more,” organizers told COLlive. “This event will prepare us for that most auspicious day.”

Each Chabad community worldwide will additionally gather in their community Shul, to watch this historic event. To arrange the gathering in your community, E-mail: 3TammuzEvent@gmail.com

The program will include a beautiful collection of Sichos and Nigunnim which was prepared especially for this event.

All Men, Women, and children are asked to participate in this historic event.

The organizers would like to thank Reb Chanina Sperlin, the intergovernmental liaison of the Crown Heights Community Council and Detective Vincent Martinos of the NYPD Community Affairs at the 71st Precinct for making this event possible.

JK2 Westminster – Jared Kushner’s Real Estate Empire and the Lives He Has Destroyed, Humiliated, Nicked and Dimed.. Have you no Conscience???

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The Beleaguered Tenants of ‘Kushnerville’

Tenants in more than a dozen Baltimore-area rental complexes complain about a property owner who they say leaves their homes in disrepair, humiliates late-paying renters and often sues them when they try to move out. Few of them know that their landlord is the president’s son-in-law.

https://www.propublica.org/article/the-beleaguered-tenants-of-kushnerville?

Victims of Jared Kushner’s Greed and Jeffrey Tapper’s Profitable Lawyering:

  1. Kamiia Warren – single mother – sued for thousands over 3 years and 112 actions

  2. Jasmine Cox – Maggots – Sewage flowing out of kitchen sick – sued for replacing carpet

  3. Joan Beverly  – pancreatic cancer victim sued for thousands

  4. Katherine Silver – University Student – eviction proceedings while away, no heat or hot water and sued for rent and court costs

  5. Joan Beverly’s Daughter Lennettea – defending dying mother who signed her lease for her

  6. Tyrone Beverly – Joan Beverly’s widower still being pursued for payments

  7. Showanda Hough – A victim who fought back – exception – Judge found for Hough

  8. Alishia Jamesson and Fiance Keith Riggs – Paid to fix holes in walls – remain unrepaired, no refrigerator for months

  9. Marquita Parmely – truck driver – mouse infestation

  10. Chris Freimiller – leaks from the toilet and ceiling damage and constant late fees

  11. Jen Jackson – mold problem remains unfixed and admonished for speaking with press

  12. Mike McHargue  and girlfriend Patricia Howell

 

“When Kushner Companies finally responded to my questions about the cases, they essentially affirmed Hertz’s reasoning. As manager for the Baltimore complexes, the company had a “fiduciary obligation” to its ownership partners to collect as much revenue as it could, said Kushner Companies’ chief financial officer, Jennifer McLean, in a written response. She said the company’s legal costs have been “minimal” compared with what it seeks to recover.
McLean declined to comment on several cases, including Kamiia Warren’s. But she said the pursuit of Joan Beverly, the woman dying of cancer, was justified. “This tenant owed the landlord $3,819.16,” she said in the written statement. “As property manager, it’s our job to collect rent payments.”
In general, “Westminster Management only takes legal action against a tenant when absolutely necessary,” McLean said. “If legal action is pursued, however, the company follows guidelines consistent with industry standards.” She added: “While taking a tenant to court is far from an ideal outcome, that option — and clear rules governing it — must exist as a last resort.””
https://www.propublica.org/article/the-beleaguered-tenants-of-kushnerville?

 

Meet Jared Kushner, scumbag slumlord

http://www.dailykos.com/story/2017/5/29/1665349/-Meet-Jared-Kushner-scumbag-slumlord

Did you know Trump son-in-law and now Adviser For All The Things Jared Kushner is a slumlord? Yeah, Jared Kushner is a slumlord.

The worst troubles may have been those described in a 2013 court case involving Jasmine Cox’s unit at Cove Village. They began with the bedroom ceiling, which started leaking one day. Then maggots started coming out of the living room carpet. Then raw sewage started flowing out of the kitchen sink. “It sounded like someone turned a pool upside down,” Cox told me. “I heard the water hitting the floor and I panicked. I got out of bed and the sink is black and gray, it’s pooling out of the sink and the house smells terrible.”Cox stopped cooking for herself and her son, not wanting food near the sink. A judge allowed her reduced rent for one month. When she moved out soon afterward, Westminster Management sent her a $600 invoice for a new carpet and other repairs. Cox, who is now working as a battery-test engineer and about to buy her first home, was unaware who was behind the company that had put her through such an ordeal. When I told her of Kushner’s involvement, there was a silence as she took it in.

“Get that [expletive] out of here,” she said.

That’s from Alec MacGillis’ investigation into the state of multiple Kushner-owned properties managed under the name JK2 Westminster, and specifically of the company’s unusually aggressive court actions against renters. The Kushner clan bought up an array of distressed and dilapidated properties, older complexes where renters pay about $1,000 a month, and Jared’s quite pleased with their performance, calling it a “very stable asset class.” As CEO of the company up until he got tapped by Donald Trump to fix the entire Middle East, the opiate crisis, and whatever else ya got, one of the ways Jared squeezed more money out of the properties than the previous owners was to shortchange renters on needed fixes—and then sue them when they tried to move out.

In the cases that Tapper has brought to court on behalf of JK2 Westminster and individual Kushner-controlled companies, there is a clear pattern of Kushner Companies’ pursuing tenants over virtually any unpaid rent or broken lease — even in the numerous cases where the facts appear to be on the tenants’ side. Not only does the company file cases against them, it pursues the cases for as long as it takes to collect from the overmatched defendants — often several years.

You can see why Trump’s taken such a liking to the guy: he’s a Trump man through and through. Trump will charge lower-income Americans extravagant prices for not-classes at his not-university, and Kushner will sue them for past rent when they get back home.

And so we’re told the tale of collapsed drywall ceilings, mice in beds, nonworking appliances, and the usual signs you’re living in a complex owned by someone who may or may not later end up in jail. Those go alongside tales of Kushner’s company aggressively pursuing $5,000 judgments against deceased cancer patients, or people who have been made sick from the mold or rodent droppings, or people who got permission to leave their leases early from the local property manager but the head office never got the paperwork so screw you, that’s why.

Very few of the complex residents I met, even ones who had been pursued at length in court by JK2 Westminster, had any idea that their rent and late fees were going to the family company of the president’s son-in-law. “That Jared Kushner?” Danny Jackson, a plumber in his 15th year living at Harbor Point Estates, exclaimed. “Oh, my God. And I thought he was the good one.”

Yeah, he does try to give that impression. So, ya know … oops.

http://www.dailykos.com/story/2017/5/29/1665349/-Meet-Jared-Kushner-scumbag-slumlord

The Kushner Files – Like Father, Like Son? Kushner the SlumLord…

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https://www.marketplace.org/2017/05/26/business/what-its-have-jared-kushner-landlord

 

What it was like to have Jared Kushner as a landlord

Kushner is the son-in-law of the president of the United States, a senior official in the Trump White House and, according to some reports, a person of interest in the FBI’s investigation of the Trump campaign and Russian interference. He’s also a big name in commercial real estate. Although he’s stepped away from a formal role managing his family’s real estate businesses, he’s still a beneficiary of the company and its investments.

ProPublica reporter Alec MacGillis spent time at some of the Kushner Companies’ lesser-known properties for a story in the New York Times Magazine this weekend. He talked with Marketplace host Kai Ryssdal about what he learned. Below is an edited transcript of their conversation.

Kai Ryssdal: Just as a way to get going here, give me the background on the Kushner Companies and specifically Jared’s role in those companies in that family enterprise before the election.

Alec MacGillis: Well, the Kushner Companies is a major real estate company that goes back decades back to Jared’s grandfather, and we think of them usually as a company with these very fancy high-end holdings. But in fact, they also have these very modest downscale holdings around the country that Jared himself bought. He made these purchases in 2011, 2012, soon after the recession and just got them at a real bargain and saw them as a good investment that would produce a steady revenue stream.

Ryssdal: The thrust of the piece in the Times this weekend is the extent to which and the vigor with which Kushner Companies and their subsidiaries go after and collect the debts from some of these tenants. Tell me about Kamiia Warren.

Alec MacGillis: So, she was single mom who had three kids. Back in 2010, she was living in one of these units and she decided to move out. Couple years later, a process server comes to her new house and says, “You are being sued for several thousand dollars because you broke your lease.” And she’s very confused by this because she had not broken her lease. She had gotten written permission to move. But she was also confused because the company that was suing her was a company she’d never heard of. Turns out, that the Kushner companies had, in the intervening time, bought this complex. And they had basically gone back through the records looking for any former tenants that they could possibly go after for more money — anyone who had broken a lease or owed back rent when they had left, even if it was two or three years earlier. And one of the people they swept up in this sort of clawback was Kamiia. And they went after her. She went to court. She unfortunately did not have a copy of that signed form anymore, and the judge sided with the company and she ended up getting a judgment of almost $5,000 when all the different interests and fees and late fees and court costs and attorney’s fees were piled on.

Ryssdal: And her wages were garnished right? Her bank account gets garnished.

MacGillis: Exactly. She got wiped out. She finally did get a copy of the form and she brought it to court and said, “Here, I’ve even got the form,” but even that didn’t help. And the judgment stood. She’s now got a court lien against her, which has completely destroyed her credit record.

Ryssdal: You called the company. What did they say?

MacGillis: Company said that this is just how it works. Basically, it was remarkably businesslike, almost brusque response from the company saying, “First of all we follow industry standards in these matters. Second of all, these are contracts that are signed by the tenants and they owe us this money, and if they break a lease we’re going to come after them.” In the case of Kamiia Warren, they had no specific response. They said, “We decline to comment on that particular case.”

Ryssdal: There are anecdotes like that throughout the piece and included in many of them was the question you asked of whether or not they knew Jared Kushner was, at some level of remove, their landlord. What did they say?

MacGillis: Almost nobody had any idea that he was their landlord. They were stunned when they found out. And a lot of them in fact did not even know who Jared Kushner was. I would say, “Are you aware that your complex is owned by Jared Kushner or the family of Jared Kushner?” And that name often meant nothing to them. It was only when I described Jared Kushner as, you know, the husband of Ivanka, then they made the connection and then it really sank in. One of the things that comes through in these complexes is just how completely disconnected people in this realm are politically. So many people I spoke to did not vote at all. These are people living right on the edge of a mid-size city right on the East Coast, 40 miles from Washington, and they’re very cut off politically. It’s another reminder of just how great the sort of disconnect is in the lower tiers of our society.

https://www.marketplace.org/2017/05/26/business/what-its-have-jared-kushner-landlord

Australia’s Rabbi’s Gone Astray – This time Child Sexual Abuse Aside – Financial Crimes and Greed

Feldman takes Triguboff to court

 

Harry Triguboff and Rabbi Pinchus Feldman in happier times.

RABBI Pinchus Feldman, whose organisations have received millions of dollars from Harry Triguboff over the last few decades, took him to court last week.

Triguboff’s company Meriton, which owns Yeshiva’s Flood Street property, contacted Rabbi Feldman and several members of his family to say that their peppercorn leases for offices and the shul within Yeshiva would end and they needed to leave by April 20.

But on April 19 lawyers representing the shul and the Sydney Talmudical College Association (STCA), of which Rabbi Feldman is a director, filed a motion to prevent the eviction.

Last Thursday, the day of the proposed eviction, the court adjourned the matter which meant that Rabbi Feldman would stay past the April 20 deadline.

Rabbi Feldman’s son Yossi, who was at court for the case, told The AJN, “This is our first victory of many over Harry” only seconds after his father was given a one-week reprieve to stay in Flood Street.

The delay that  Yossi claimed was a victory, however, was actually an offer made by Triguboff.

David Austin, who acted on behalf of the Yeshiva Synagogue and STCA, said that Triguboff offered to let Rabbi Feldman and the shul remain until April 28, when the matter is back in court.

“On 28 April if the Court has time, or soon after, the court will decide whether to grant interim injunctions on the merits of our case.

“All we have to show is an arguable case and a balance of convenience.”

Following the hearing, the Yeshiva Synagogue then sent a letter to its community saying it received legal advice that eviction notices “are invalid” and that they are “entitled to remain in the premises”.

“We have requested from Mr Triguboff both formally and informally to rescind the harsh decree however those efforts have unfortunately been unsuccessful,” the letter said.

“We have weighed very carefully all of our options and sought independent rabbinic advice both locally and overseas.

“The conclusion was reached that we have no choice but to defend ourselves in court, as the eviction was slated for today.

“Baruch HaShem due to the court intervention the eviction was avoided today and we are hopeful that will continue.”

https://www.jewishnews.net.au/feldman-takes-triguboff-court/62905

To read the article in its original format click here.

Evil in Oz – Rabbi Chaim Tsvi Groner – Chabad Flippant Response

Diamond Joe’s Wife Paid to Work A Few Hours per Day

http://www.theage.com.au/business/diamond-joe-gutnicks-wife-paid-285000-to-work-a-few-hours-a-day-20170424-gvr8vz.html

‘Diamond’ Joe Gutnick’s wife paid $285,000 to work ‘a few hours a day’

A company linked to bankrupt mining magnate “Diamond” Joe Gutnick is paying his wife, Stera Gutnick, $285,000 a year to work “a few hours a day” as a trainee jewellery designer, while her husband earns just $45,000 a year to work full time.

Details of the remarkable pay arrangement came to light during Federal Court examination by Joseph Gutnick’s bankruptcy trustees on Monday.

 

Joe Gutnick's statement of affairs shows he owes his creditors $275 million.Joe Gutnick’s statement of affairs shows he owes his creditors $275 million. Photo: Nicolas Walker

Mr Gutnick was chairman and chief executive of Merlin Diamonds before his bankruptcy.

Mrs Gutnick told the court she reported to her husband, who worked longer hours in the company. She said her primary duties as a $285,000 a year executive were “studying jewellery design” and “accompanying my husband to events”.

 

Stera and Mordecai Gutnik were questioned at the Federal Court on Monday.

Stera and Mordecai Gutnik were questioned at the Federal Court on Monday.

Lawyers for the bankruptcy trustees contended that Joseph Gutnick was deliberately being paid a low salary in order to avoid having money taken from his wage.

Trustees can take money from a bankrupt’s salary once it reaches $65,000 per year.

Mr Gutnick’s son Mordechai Gutnick was also questioned under oath about his mother’s salary, which is exactly the same as he earns as a full-time executive director in the company.

“His income is being kept artificially low so he does not have to make income contributions,” said barrister Carl Moller.

 

Stera Gutnik at the Federal Court.Stera Gutnik at the Federal Court. Photo: Jason South

“I don’t know,” responded Mordi Gutnick.

Asked if his mother’s salary was appropriate for the work she does, Mordy Gutnick said “um”, paused for a lengthy period, and sighed.

“She understands jewellery better than any of us,” he finally said.

Asked if his mother, who worked fewer hours and had no input into “operational matters”, deserved the same salary as him, Mordi Gutnick responded “it is what it is”.

Mr Gutnick’s bankruptcy trustees are chasing an estimated $200 million of assets that are believed to have moved offshore to parties associated with Joseph Gutnick and his family.

Mrs Gutnick told the Federal Court she could not explain how she came to be owed $33.5 million by her husband.

Mrs Gutnick also admitted under oath she signed hundreds of documents for a web of companies and trusts without ever asking her husband or his lawyers what they were for.

“I trust my husband. The finances are up to him,” Mrs Gutnick told the court.

Mrs Gutnick was read a lengthy list of Gutnick family companies and trusts that she is either a company director, guardian or beneficiary of. She repeatedly told the court that she did not know what those companies did, and had little if no familiarity with their daily business.

As revealed by Fairfax Media last year, Mr Gutnick’s statement of affairs shows he owes his creditors $275 million, and has no other assets except for $16,087 in savings and a worthless portfolio of shareholdings.

Mr Gutnick declared himself bankrupt in July last year, ahead of a court hearing to hear a petition by his former business partner Indian Farmers Fertiliser Cooperative (IFFCO), which was seeking to have him declared bankrupt over a $54 million debt.

Lawyers for the bankruptcy trustees challenged Mrs Gutnick, and suggested the shuffling of directorships and her taking on a $33.5 million debt were part of a “broader plan to protect Joseph against bankruptcy”‘.

While the loan to Mrs Gutnick dates back to July 2000, she claimed “I wasn’t aware of it then.”

Asked when she first became aware that her husband owed her $33.5 million, she replied “I first knew of it in 2016”.

Asked who told her of the debt, she replied “Joseph did” and added “he told me it was a loan on paper and it doesn’t mean practically I was going to get it”.

http://www.theage.com.au/business/diamond-joe-gutnicks-wife-paid-285000-to-work-a-few-hours-a-day-20170424-gvr8vz.html