60 Hours/1Million Dollars – How much Cash is Trading Hands in Satmar Shuls Today?

THIS BROKERS NO COMMENT EXCEPT…

The Satmar living in Kiryas Joel, New York, are supposedly among the most impoverished in the State of New York, if not the country. The Satmar as a community boasts billions in assets under management (though admittedly there are allegedly 2 warring factions). 

They are now trying to raise $1 MILLION DOLLARS to fund legislation that would reduce criminal sentencing, oversight, prosecution, etc. Basically, they are trying to raise money to decriminalize, so the crimes committed within the community will not be prosecuted, and if prosecuted, will go unpunished. And they are donating in cash, at least in part (see the cash on the table) making the money largely untraceable.

This is unmitigated “chutzpah” to put it kindly. 

prison reform money

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Satmar and Rubashkin – $1M, 60 Hours – Prison Reform – White Collar Criminal Reform, A Brazenness – PAY ATTENTION

Rubashking and Prison Reform

TRANSLATION: Rubashkin in Favor of Prison Reform….

Gee, does anyone wonder why? 

To the Members of the US Senate:

You are going to be asked to support a bill, in one form or another with the aim of reducing white collar criminal prosecutions, reducing sentencing requirements, changing the way these cases are viewed, a work currently in progress. It is being supported by the Satmar community.  

We, the non-ultra-Orthodox people of the United States and the ones who are most harmed by these crimes, ask that you NOT make crime easier to commit, but that you tamp down on prosecutions, that you make the penalties greater and that the incarceration times are longer. We believe that these crimes don’t just harm people, they harm markets and investors and investments and a trust in the system. These crimes destabilize, people and the economy.

LM 

Lakewood, Welfare Fraud and Targeting a Community? Really?

 

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TOMS RIVER – Four men arrested in sweeping raids targeting welfare fraud in Lakewood pleaded guilty to theft and tax charges Wednesday, agreeing to repay every penny they stole or face prison time. 

Tzvi Braun, Yisroel Merkin, Samuel Serhofer and Eliezer Sorotzkin took turns quietly walking from the back bench of an Ocean County courtroom to the witness stand.

Each spoke just a few words, admitting to Superior Court Judge Wendel E. Daniels that they filed false tax returns and under-reported their incomes, allowing them to obtain Medicaid and other government assistance benefits worth between $54,000 and $74,000.

 

They agreed to repay the benefits they received as part of a pretrial intervention program, a year-long probation-like program commonly offered to low-level, first-time offenders. If they make full restitution and follow other terms of the program, the charges against them will be dismissed. 

The 40-minute hearing marked the first resolutions of the 26 cases brought against Lakewood residents in multi-agency raids in June and July of 2017. 

What happened in the small, wood-paneled courtroom was largely routine. But what has transpired outside of the courthouse since the raids has been much bigger. 

The early morning arrests came amid a years-long investigation targeting welfare fraud in the township, and prompted thousands of people to withdraw from government assistance programs.

 

And the office of state Comptroller Philip J. Degnan crafted an amnesty program, allowing others to come forward and repay benefits to avoid criminal prosecution. That program ultimately recovered less than half of what it was supposed to, prompting additional controversy and an ongoing lawsuit. 

MEDICAID FRAUD: Lakewood board member repays half owed in amnesty deal, builds $500K house

$2.6M never repaid because of Medicaid amnesty deals

 

Lawyer Yosef Jacobovitch, who represented Braun, Merkin, Serhofer and Sorotzkin, on Wednesday decried the investigation in its entirety saying it targeted the Orthodox Jewish residents of Lakewood.

 

“The fact that no one outside the community was arrested, charged or placed into amnesty was quite telling that this was a targeting,” he said. “If everybody would be upset or angry that would be rightfully so. But I believe today we resolved the cases in the best way that we can.”

 

What’s worse, he said, was the investigation led by the New Jersey comptroller treated people even within the Orthodox Jewish community unfairly. He said his clients were picked at random by a former comptroller staffer to face the harshest penalties.

“Just the sheer bad luck of having been the ones that were picked for arrest versus the ones that were picked for amnesty” has had a devastating impact, he said. 

The comptroller’s office says Jacobovitch has it wrong.

 

“There was no purposeful targeting of any specific community in Ocean County,” said C. Andrew Cliver, the lead attorney in the comptroller’s investigations division and an office spokesman.

 

“This was not an investigation designed to target the Jewish community or any other community,” he added, denying Jacobovitch’s claim that certain residents were “picked” to face criminal prosecution. “It was an investigation where investigators followed the evidence to where it took them. And it took them to those 20-some defendants that were arrested.”

 

The Ocean County Recipient Voluntary Disclosure Program, the formal name of the amnesty offer, was open to all residents of Ocean County who chose to come forward, Cliver said. 

 

“The program was designed in a way it could not target anybody,” he said. 

Braun, Merkin, Serhofer and Sorotzkin each must pay half of their restitution before entering the pretrial intervention program. If they are unable to pay the remaining amount, they will face prison terms of up to 10 years.

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Miriam, The Orthodox Community in England, Corrupt Practices [AUDIO]

Myriam

https://www.bbc.co.uk/radio/play/m000113m

 

CLARIFICATION AND COMMENTS:

We have no doubt that the same financial fraud and evasive practices described in this presentation are happening in the United States and in other parts of the world. Miriam describes, with precision and accuracy, a process whereby she earned extraordinary money while collecting public welfare benefits. The same is undoubtedly happening within the Haredi community in the United States.

The Satmar, for example, boasts tremendous assets under management as far as the community at large is concerned and yet, Kiryas Joel in New York, is listed as one of the, if not the poorest city in the United States. That is simply not logically consistent. 

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kiryas_Joel%2C_New_York

With respect to the ritualistic behavior, the radical ultra-Orthodoxy that is described in this audio is not mainstream Judaism. The personal marriage related practices described are followed by only the most religious within the greater Jewish community, and a rabbi or rebbe’s involvement is not the same within all sects, something which we felt needed to be emphasized.

We believe that the community from which Miriam escaped is more like a cult than Judaism.

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Ultra-Orthodox Charities (in Israel) Currently No Monitoring of Money Laundering, IRS? SEC? “Café Shachor Muchan”

Analysis 

Israel Stalls on Monitoring ultra-Orthodox Charities, Exposing Them to U.S. Sanctions

Ultra-Orthodox charities are considered high-risk for money laundering, as all their operations are in cash and they lack all monitoring

 

After years of foot-dragging the Knesset is being asked yet again to debate the sensitive issue surrounding money laundering and tax evasion risks involved in the work of religious charities.

The debate is being run by the most senior Haredi figure in the Knesset, Finance Committee chairman Moshe Gafni (United Torah Judaism), so it is doubtful whether we’ll see any substantial progress soon on the issue.

It’s been two years since a bill was introduced to monitor the charities that provide loans without interest to the needy. Gafni has taken some steps with regard to the legislation but hasn’t really advanced it.

Tuesday’s debate will focus on the question of which organization would monitor these charities. It’s a strange question considering the fact that the bill says it should be the body that monitors non-banking credit institutions in Israel, the treasury’s Capital Markets Authority.

But Gafni is unhappy with this organization, especially since the authority has insisted on full control and Gafni would prefer to see an easier approach.

 

At first he tried to advance a strange proposal to establish a new financial monitoring body in the welfare ministry. When the state objected, Gafni checked out other possibilities. Several weeks ago he checked out the prospect of the bank monitors though they are no less strict than the capital markets unit. The Bank of Israel did indeed rejected that idea. But Gafni’s idea gave the impression that the main reason for his coming up with the alternative was so as not to look like he was dragging his feet on the legislation.

Gafni has invited a fourth government agency to the meeting, the Justice Ministry’s Corporations Authority, to see whether they would be willing to oversee the charities, via a more lenient approach than other authorities.

This appeal will also prove futile, as the Corporations Authority will not be able to undertake this job so long as the state sticks to its position that it’s a task that belongs to the Capital Markets Authority.

 

Time is running out for the charities and the country. The fact that they are not being monitored, hence their operations run a significant risk of money laundering crimes, exposes them to the risk that American banks will stop working with them. This is a threat that can be carried out at any time. The charities got a two-year extension from the Americans to be monitored. The deadline expired in August, and that means at any moment a Haredi charity may find itself rejected by the American financial system.

 

 

 

Rampant Corruption and Israel’s Eroding Core Values, Former Spymasters Speak

Ex-Mossad chief: Israel ‘dangerously sick’ under Netanyahu’s leadership

TIMES OF ISRAEL 28.March.2018

Five former spymasters say PM eroding country’s core values, decry ‘pervasive’ culture of corruption under his tenure

 

Top row: Former Mossad chiefs from L to R: Danny Yatom, Tamir Pardo, Zvi Zamir, Shabtai Shavit, Nahum Admoni and Efraim Halevy.  Bottom row: Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu (L) and President Reuven Rivlin host a candle lighting ceremony for of the Jewish holiday of Hanukkah at the President's residence in Jerusalem on December 18, 2014. (Haim Zach / GPO)

Top row: Former Mossad chiefs from L to R: Danny Yatom, Tamir Pardo, Zvi Zamir, Shabtai Shavit, Nahum Admoni and Efraim Halevy. Bottom row: Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu (L) and President Reuven Rivlin host a candle lighting ceremony for of the Jewish holiday of Hanukkah at the President’s residence in Jerusalem on December 18, 2014. (Haim Zach / GPO)

Five former chiefs of the Mossad spy agency leveled harsh criticism at Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu this week, with one saying that Israel was “dangerously sick” under his leadership.

“I feel so bad about what is happening in the country, the corruption is so deep, so pervasive,” Shabtai Shavit told the Yedioth Ahronoth daily in an excerpt of a joint sit down interview ahead of Independence Day. “There are no red lines, no taboos and add to that the deepening rift among the people.”

Shavit was joined by Zvi Zamir, Nahum Admoni, Danny Yatom, Efraim Halevy and Tamir Pardo in expressing serious concerns about Israel’s future.

“As intelligence people, our most important skill is being able to anticipate the future,” Shavit added. “So I ask myself what kind of country will my grandchildren inherit, and I cannot give an answer to that.”

“It’s a problem of values, of divisions,” Pardo said. “We need leadership that is able to navigate between crises at the right places, but unfortunately, that does not exist today.”

Zamir, the oldest of the group at age 93, fired off the sharpest criticism of Netanyahu, saying the prime minister and his powerful cronies were only serving their own interests.

“I’m not sure that for the prime minister and the senior officials surrounding him that public interests prevail over their personal interests of more money and more power,” he said.

“We are dangerously sick,” he said. “Netanyahu may have inherited a country with symptoms, but he has ushered it into a state of malignant disease.”

Yatom echoed Zamir’s sentiment, saying it was unsurprising that Netanyahu and a growing number of his associates are under investigation for corruption, because they put their own interests ahead of the country’s.

Israel, he warned, was “on a downward spiral,” and called on the prime minister to resign.

In his interview, Halevy criticized Netanyahu, saying his “need for headlines and obsession with his public image verses running the country and managing its security matters is problematic.”

“I think something very bad has happened to leadership in Israel,” he added. “There is a major flaw in the political system that everything that isn’t illegal is kosher.”

88-year-old Admoni said his main concern with Israel today is the growing rift between Israelis, asserting the divide between religious and secular populations was “worse than its ever been.”

“The divide just keeps growing,” Admoni lamented.

Nearly all of the former intelligence officials have publicly censured Netanyahu in the past, though the extensive criticism leveled against him in Yedioth on Tuesday was unprecedented.

The full interview with the six former Mossad chiefs will run in Yedioth’s weekend magazine, 7 Days, on Friday.

Netanyahu is embroiled in several corruption scandals and was questioned again by police on Monday in connection with the Bezeq scandal, known as case 4000.

The probe involves suspicions that Netanyahu, who has served as communications minister for several years over his past two terms as premier, advanced regulatory decisions benefiting Bezeq controlling shareholder Shaul Elovitch in exchange for flattering coverage of the Netanyahus from the Elovitch-owned Walla news site.

In addition to Case 4000, Netanyahu is also suspected of wrongdoing in so-called cases 1000 and 2000, in which police have recommended he be indicted for bribery, breach of trust and fraud.

In Case 1000, Netanyahu and his wife are suspected of receiving illicit gifts from billionaire benefactors, amounting to some NIS 1 million ($282,000) worth of cigars and champagne from the Israeli-born Hollywood producer Arnon Milchan and Australian resort owner James Packer, allegedly in return for certain benefits.

Case 2000 involves a suspected illicit quid-pro-quo deal between Netanyahu and Yedioth Ahronoth newspaper publisher Arnon Mozes that would have seen the prime minister weaken a rival daily, the Sheldon Adelson-backed Israel Hayom, in return for more favorable coverage from Yedioth.

Netanyahu denies wrongdoing in all the cases.