Brooklyn Attorney and $4M Real Estate Scam: Be Careful in Whom you Invest!

Brooklyn Attorney Charged In $4 Million Real Estate Scam: Feds

Shimon Rosenfeld is accused of using millions from real estate investors, including for a Crown Heights project, for his own trading.

BROOKLYN, NY — A Brooklyn attorney who scammed real estate investors out of millions of dollars has been charged with wire fraud, prosecutors announced.

Shimon Rosenfeld, 59, was arrested Wednesday after a federal investigation into his years-long scheme, which included at least $4 million “investments” in properties in Crown Heights, Greenpoint and in Philadelphia, Pa., according to court documents.

Rosenfeld told at least four investors that he would put their money into real estate projects, but instead ended up using the money for his own trades out of a brokerage account, prosecutors said. He is charged with wire fraud and could face 20 years in prison if convicted.

“Through this alleged scheme, Rosenfeld abused his position as an attorney and betrayed his victims’ trust for his own selfish gain,” stated Acting United States Attorney Seth DuCharme. Those who commit fraud, including lawyers, must be brought to justice, and this Office will continue to work tenaciously to ensure integrity in the practice of law.”

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Journalist at the Center of a Storm, His Public Service and Covid-19

Charedi reporter at centre of a storm

There are two men at the centre of the febrile Brooklyn street demonstrations by strictly Orthodox Jews, protesting against a coronavirus crackdown by the Democratic governor of New York, Andrew Cuomo, and his mayoral colleague, Bill de Blasio.

One is homegrown local Harold “Heshy” Tischler, host of a populist pro-Trump radio programme, now facing a court case on charges of inciting a riot and unlawful imprisonment.

And the other, improbably, is a softly-spoken Orthodox Jew, Jacob Kornbluh, born and brought up in Stamford Hill, London and now a political reporter for the Jewish Insider website, a national Jewish publication rather than a Charedi, local, one.

Since the beginning of the pandemic — and Kornbluh himself fell victim to the disease early on — he has been one of the loudest voices calling for the strictly Orthodox community to observe the rules of masks and social distancing. He has lost both relatives and friends to the virus.

But last week matters turned ugly when a crowd of mainly young men and boys — apparently urged on by Tischler — turned on Kornbluh and began screaming “moiser” — “traitor” — in his face. Though there was no actual physical violence, Kornbluh, 39, requested and received a police escort to his home in the Brooklyn neighbourhood of Boro Park, where he lives with his wife and five children.

He and his family now have to deal with intimidation on the street and on social media, directed at Kornbluh for apparently “siding” with the mayor and the governor, and for pressing charges against Heshy Tischler. “As a reporter, I never want to be the story”, says Kornbluh, “I always want to be the one presenting the accurate facts, the government guidelines and so on. Unfortunately there’s so much misinformation and miscommunication”. He is as critical of the mayor and governor for “failure to reach out to the community and educate about the virus”, as he is of the community for flouting the regulations.

Public service is central to Kornbluh’s family. His father, Isaac, ran for local council in Stamford Hill and was one of the founders of the area’s Hatzolah and Shomrim groupings, forming tight bonds with police and hospital authorities. Jacob, the fifth of seven siblings, told a Haaretz webinar this week that his memories of home life included his father “being almost never there” on Shabbat or even seder night, because of being on call for emergencies. “My father was always pretty vocal about his core mission, to save lives”, Kornbluh told the JC, “that’s how I grew up, and that’s how I feel”.

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Hershy Tischler defying social distancing and mask mandates
Covid-19 Cluster Crackdowns and Heshy Tischler
Heshy Tischler Confronts Jacob Kornbluh

NYC – “Test and Trace” – Covid-19 and NYC Partnerships

Providing an Explanation on How to Disregard the Laws in Place for Covid-19

Expressing a Complete Disregard for Civil Law – “Not Going to Cooperate”



This is a flagrant disregard for the dangers these types of gatherings pose for the rest of civil society. This is a complete and utter disregard for the optics which will only increase anti-Semitism and rightfully so. These are not victims to a society that wants to limit social gatherings. This is a group of people victimizing everyone else around them.

But the reality is we cannot completely blame this group when our government is actively proposing that Covid-19 is nothing more than the flu. Why should a religious group listen to anything more than the United States President, Donald Trump? If he is unwilling to accept the dangers than we cannot really argue that his flock of sheep do not accept the dangers.


Governor Cuomo- Orders Lockdown – Flouting Laws Part IV – Covid-19

This is Crown Heights on October 5th or 6th, 2020 – This is after being order to wear masks and avoid crowds


The people in this video are brazenly avoiding abiding by the laws. The Police Department in Crown Heights, New York is doing very little to break this up, though that may be an impossible task given the sheer numbers.

The people in this video are NOT guided by the notion of the sanctity of life. Like our US government’s leadership, they feel themselves impervious and are putting every New Yorker, Israeli (many go back and forth) and every person who might disburse to another country at risk.

This is not about religious freedom, freedom of expression, freedom of assembly. It is about protecting the sanctity of life of every New Yorker. But, if our government does not lead by example, there is little hope that the people in this video will stop putting theirs and others’ lives at risk.

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Covid-19 Hotspots in NYC and Rockland/Orange Counties, ultra-Orthodox

Coronavirus Updates: New York City positivity rate approaches 2%


Coronavirus Updates: New York City positivity rate approaches 2%

The New York City sheriff’s office says it pulled the plug on three large gatherings that were not following coronavirus restrictions.NEW YORK (WABC) — As the worldwide death toll from COVID-19 has eclipsed 1 million, New York City’s COVID-19 positivity rate is approaching 2%, health officials said Monday, a concerning rise as New York City public schools would close at 3%.

Mayor Bill de Blasio said the city had 332 new reported cases, with 61 patients admitted to hospitals. The citywide positive tests are at 1.93%

Earlier, Governor Andrew Cuomo also reported elevated positive test rates in Brooklyn, Orange County and Rockland County.

Of the 52,936 tests reported, 834 were positive (1.5% of total). Total hospitalizations are 543, and 11 additional deaths related to COVID-19 were reported on Sunday.

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