First We are Victims of Fraud, Arson, Money Laundering THEN… We are Taxed for Otisville’s Jewish bend…

Michael Cohen’s Prison of Choice: Well-Known to Jewish Offenders

The minimum-security camp at the Federal Correctional Institution in Otisville, N.Y., has become an enclave for Jewish white-collar offenders.CreditCreditTom Bushey/Middletown Times Herald Record, via Associated Press

When Michael Cohen, President Trump’s former lawyer, was sentenced last month to three years in federal prison on fraud charges, he had the right to request any number of prison camps favored by white-collar offenders for their relatively resort-like settings.

But Mr. Cohen chose a shabby, low-slung building 75 miles northwest of New York City, with an antiquated weight room, an uneven tennis court and no swimming pool.

What the minimum-security camp at the Federal Correctional Institution in Otisville, N.Y., does offer is a rarity in the federal prison system: a full-time Hasidic chaplain who oversees a congregation of dozens of Jewish inmates who gather for prayer services three times a day.

“For a Jewish person, there is no place like Otisville,” said Earl Seth David, 54, a former inmate who attended kosher meals, religious classes and weekly Shabbat services in the prison shul, a shared space where the Torah scrolls are locked up every night

“As a Jew, there’s no other prison you can get services like that.”

Otisville’s camp has long been the lockup of choice among Jewish white-collar offenders, including Sheldon Silver, the former speaker of the New York State Assembly who was convicted on federal corruption charges. Mr. Silver, who is free on bail pending an appeal, has requested to serve his seven-year sentence at the camp.

Otisville is also one of the closest federal lockups to New York City, making it attractive to non-Jewish convicts as well, including Dean Skelos, the former New York State Senate majority leader who reported to the camp this month to begin his four-year sentence on bribery and other charges. Mike “The Situation” Sorrentino, the reality star from “Jersey Shore,” recently arrived at the camp, to serve a sentence for tax evasion.

The camp — which sits near Otisville’s main prison, a much larger medium-security lockup — has a population of about 120 inmates, including drug dealers and other street-level criminals with good prison records.

But most inmates are Jewish — many of them orthodox and Hasidic — and many are doctors, lawyers, accountants and businessmen who committed fraud.

A few also have backgrounds as ordained rabbis and, once inside, some assume a spiritual leadership role. Inmates periodically hold an informal vote to elect a “gabbai” to run the shul, which is currently led by a Hasidic man from Williamsburg, Brooklyn, who is locked up for arson and corporate fraud.

There is never a problem reaching a minyan, or a quorum of at least 10 Jews needed to hold services, at the camp, where inmates live communally in dorm-style housing units and sleep in bunk beds.

Orthodox inmates wear fringed vests known as zizit under their green prison uniforms. Prison work shifts are scheduled around daily prayer sessions and Sabbath observances. Before many holidays, the men are taken by prison bus to a nearby town for traditional mikvah baths.

The list of prominent people at Otisville reduced to doing menial prison jobs is long.

Ken Starr, a money manager who siphoned millions from his celebrity clients, wiped down mess hall tables during his stay, and Walter Forbes, an executive charged with securities fraud, mopped floors, according to former inmates. Hassan Nemazee, an investment banker and political bundler associated with the Clintons, cleaned the bathrooms while serving time for bank fraud.

The federal prison camps are not available to certain offenders, like those with sentences of more than 10 years. So Bernie Madoff, who received 150 years for his Ponzi scheme, had his request for Otisville denied.

Messages left for prison officials at Otisville were not returned, and Bureau of Prisons officials would not provide any specific information on Jewish services at the camp.

Over the years, federal officials have “sort of carved this place out as a special location to put Jewish inmates,” said Benjamin Brafman, a prominent defense lawyer who has represented numerous defendants who have requested Otisville.

here are kosher vending machines in the visiting room. The prison commissary sells skullcaps for $6 and offers a kosher selection that includes matzo, gefilte fish, rugelach and seltzer.

“Hey, it’s not Zabar’s, and it’s a little overpriced,” said one former inmate, Lawrence Dressler, 52. “But what do you want? It’s prison.”

While kosher meals — three a day — come in prepackaged trays, inmates make Sabbath and holiday meals from scratch in the small kosher kitchen, to be eaten in the shul on tables with bedsheets as tablecloths.

“You feel like you’re back home, singing Shabbos songs with the other inmates,” Mr. Dressler recalled. “The camaraderie helps take you away from the place for a little while.”

With limited ingredients, inmates devise innovative ways to make Passover Seder meals featuring kosher chicken, handmade matzo, horseradish and grape juice.

They often repurpose food from prepackaged meals and supplement it with food smuggled out of the kitchen or supply room, said Jeff Weisman, 46, who served time in the camp on mail fraud charges and worked in the kosher kitchen.

For Sukkot, inmates assemble a large wooden sukkah shelter outside to sit and eat meals in.

The camp has little in the way of fences or bars, and for observant Jewish inmates, it is “the closest thing you have to nirvana in a federal prison,” said Joel A. Sickler, a criminologist and consultant who advises mostly white-collar offenders facing prison sentences.

But Mr. David said it was no picnic.

“That Club Fed stuff is a myth,” said Mr. David, a lawyer from Manhattan who served four years in seven federal prisons, including Otisville, on immigration fraud charges. “There’s no swanky pool. You’re up at 6 a.m. every morning for the inmate count. The guards can raid your bunk at any time and you get zero rights, zero privacy. You’re sleeping next to 100 snoring men. So being able to practice your faith helps you survive.”

Mr. David added: “The religious services always come first. With other prisons, it’s just the opposite.”

Many inmates “knew the Talmud inside and out,” said Mr. Dressler, a lawyer in New Haven who served 18 months in Otisville for mortgage fraud.

They often conducted religious classes and gained inmate followings, as did a Hasidic rabbi from Brooklyn who got caught up in mortgage fraud before the 2008 housing market crash.

Then there was the Syrian rabbi from Deal, N.J., who was involved in a money-laundering scheme and whose parables were particularly enjoyed by Russian Jewish inmates from Brighton Beach, Brooklyn, who were in prison for health care fraud.

Another spiritual leader was Naftali Tzi Weisz, the grand rabbi of the Spinka sect of Hasids in Brooklyn, who was locked up for a charity donation scheme.

A lawyer for Mr. Cohen did not respond to messages, and it is still uncertain whether Mr. Cohen will wind up at Otisville. The federal judge in his case has agreed to recommend he be assigned there, but the decision is ultimately made by the Bureau of Prisons, which is under the Department of Justice.

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Huberfeld Family Grantmaking Foundation, $37M in Assets, $3M Granted in 2015 – Not Particularly Generous

The following represents one summary of the Huberfeld Family Foundation (a grantmaking organization) by the numbers. Important points are outlined in red. We did not delve into the individual grants because the totals make our point:

The foundation earned more than it granted. Salary and compensation may have been included in the money listed as “granted.” This is not overwhelming generosity.

This foundation is one of many family foundations and businesses in which Huberfeld has his hands.  

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HUBERFELD FAMILY FOUNDATION INC

15 MANOR LN, LAWRENCE, NY 11559-1503 | TAX-EXEMPT SINCE JULY 1997

  • EIN: 13-4042543
  • Classification (NTEE)
    Private Grantmaking Foundations (Philanthropy, Voluntarism and Grantmaking Foundations)
  • Nonprofit Tax Code Designation: 501(c)(3)
    Defined as: Organizations for any of the following purposes: religious, educational, charitable, scientific, literary, testing for public safety, fostering national or international amateur sports competition (as long as it doesn’t provide athletic facilities or equipment), or the prevention of cruelty to children or animals.
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FISCAL YEAR ENDING DEC.

2016

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990PF ▾         
Accounting Fees Schedule
Form 990PF
Investments – other schedule
Investments Corporate Stock Schedule
Other Assets Schedule
Other Expenses Schedule
Other Income Schedule
Other Liabilities Schedule
Other notes/Loans receivable long schedule
Other notes/Loans receivable short schedule
Substantial Contributors Schedule
Taxes Schedule         

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990PF

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FISCAL YEAR ENDING DEC.

2015

PDF

990-PF

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990PF ▾         
Accounting Fees Schedule
Form 990, Schedule B
Form 990PF
Investments – other schedule
Investments Corporate Stock Schedule
Other Assets Schedule
Other Expenses Schedule
Other Liabilities Schedule
Other notes/Loans receivable long schedule
Substantial Contributors Schedule
Taxes Schedule         

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990PF

Total Revenue

$3,288,212

Total Expenses $3,126,127
Notable sources of revenue Percent of total revenue
Contributions received $1,925,025 58.5%
Interest revenue $57,400 1.7%
Dividends $1,239,636 37.7%
Sales of assets $0
Other income $0
Notable expenses Percent of total expenses*
Charitable disbursements $3,013,514 96.4%
Compensation of officers* $120,000 3.8%
Other
Total Assets $37,599,809
Total Liabilities $2,660
* Officer compensation may be included in charitable disbursements, so values may add up to greater than 100%.
FISCAL YEAR ENDING DEC.

2014

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990-PF

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990PF ▾         
Accounting Fees Schedule
Form 990, Schedule B
Form 990PF
Investments – other schedule
Investments Corporate Stock Schedule
Legal Fees Schedule
Other Expenses Schedule
Other Income Schedule
Other Liabilities Schedule
Other notes/Loans receivable long schedule
Substantial Contributors Schedule
Taxes Schedule         

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990PF

Total Revenue

$5,911,821

Total Expenses $1,629,938
Notable sources of revenue Percent of total revenue
Contributions received $3,567,500 60.3%
Interest revenue $62,349 1.1%
Dividends $925,875 15.7%
Sales of assets $744,005 12.6%
Other income $612,092 10.4%
Notable expenses Percent of total expenses*
Charitable disbursements $1,522,214 93.4%
Compensation of officers* $60,000 3.7%
Other
Total Assets $37,450,854
Total Liabilities $15,790
* Officer compensation may be included in charitable disbursements, so values may add up to greater than 100%.
FISCAL YEAR ENDING DEC.

2013

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990-PF

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990PF ▾         
Accounting Fees Schedule
Form 990, Schedule B
Form 990PF
Investments – other schedule
Investments Corporate Stock Schedule
Other Assets Schedule
Other Expenses Schedule
Other Liabilities Schedule
Other notes/Loans receivable long schedule
Substantial Contributors Schedule
Taxes Schedule         

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990PF

Total Revenue

$4,046,313

Total Expenses $3,177,897
Notable sources of revenue Percent of total revenue
Contributions received $2,400,000 59.3%
Interest revenue $56,643 1.4%
Dividends $1,249,885 30.9%
Sales of assets $339,785 8.4%
Other income $0
Notable expenses Percent of total expenses*
Charitable disbursements $3,109,731 97.9%
Compensation of officers* $0
Other
Total Assets $33,156,518
Total Liabilities $3,337
* Officer compensation may be included in charitable disbursements, so values may add up to greater than 100%.
FISCAL YEAR ENDING DEC.

2012

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990-PF

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990PF

Total Revenue

$3,620,282

Total Expenses $2,710,406
Notable sources of revenue Percent of total revenue
Contributions received $2,233,333 61.7%
Interest revenue $96,242 2.7%
Dividends $1,189,423 32.9%
Sales of assets $101,284 2.8%
Other income $0
Notable expenses Percent of total expenses*
Charitable disbursements $2,559,267 94.4%
Compensation of officers* $0
Other
Total Assets $32,287,425
Total Liabilities $2,660
* Officer compensation may be included in charitable disbursements, so values may add up to greater than 100%.
FISCAL YEAR ENDING DEC.

2011

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990-PF

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990PF

Total Revenue

$7,044,355

Total Expenses $2,874,065
Notable sources of revenue Percent of total revenue
Contributions received $1,725,000 24.5%
Interest revenue $112,620 1.6%
Dividends $728,936 10.3%
Sales of assets $4,477,799 63.6%
Other income $0
Notable expenses Percent of total expenses*
Charitable disbursements $2,744,486 95.5%
Compensation of officers* $0
Other
Total Assets $31,446,200
Total Liabilities $111,311
* Officer compensation may be included in charitable disbursements, so values may add up to greater than 100%.
FISCAL YEAR ENDING DEC.

2010

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990-PF

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990PF

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FISCAL YEAR ENDING DEC.

2009

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990-PF

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FISCAL YEAR ENDING DEC.

2008

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990-PF

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FISCAL YEAR ENDING DEC.

2007

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990-PF

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FISCAL YEAR ENDING DEC.

2006

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990-PF

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FISCAL YEAR ENDING DEC.

2005

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990-PF

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FISCAL YEAR ENDING DEC.

2004

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990-PF

Form 990 documents available

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FISCAL YEAR ENDING DEC.

2003

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990-PF

Form 990 documents available

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FISCAL YEAR ENDING DEC.

2002

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990-PF

Form 990 documents available

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FISCAL YEAR ENDING DEC.

2001

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990-PF

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If We Judge Our Criminals by the Charities to Which they Donate, Perhaps Madoff Should not be Sitting in Prison – Huberfeld?

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UPDATED: 1.22.19

The Huberfeld 45 Pages of Fluff and Madoff’s Charities

We begin with a preface. We have been accused of having a “vendetta” against Murray Huberfeld. We do not know him personally, have no reason to have a “vendetta” and find that assertion to be absurd. Our comments come not from malice but from a desire for justice, justice for all of those who have lost over the years at the hands of Murray Huberfeld and his various partnerships.

We feel that anyone who commits a crime against another, who deprives others of property, integrity, hard-earned money, trust, confidence and peace of mind deserves to be exposed and punished. We believe that the integrity of Judaism depends upon the honesty of its overtly practicing members. those like Murray Huberfeld who hold themselves out there as examples of spiritual enlightenment. We believe that the reliability of our financial systems and legal regulatory entities hinges on its enforceability and enforcement; and we steadfastly hold that the worldview of Judaism depends upon the integrity of its members and Jewish run enterprises, upon the honesty and transparency of their leaders.

That’s where Murray Huberfeld and Platinum Partners, along with all of its executives and co-conspirators comes in.

Despite what his friends and family may contrive in their own collective or individual consciousness, Platinum investors relied on the Huberfeld run funds, particularly Platinum and its historic returns.  Whether that was out of stupidity or naivete, we cannot say. Many people put their savings into Platinum, and placed their trust into the names behind it, which included Huberfeld’s name and quite frankly the names of his friends. He used them as references, shows of good-faith and good-will.  He betrayed his friends, along with his investors, each and every one of them.

Huberfeld’s friends and family can stand behind him, an admirable trait on their part, as did those of Madoff. We see little difference between the two. In fact, Madoff’s Ponzi scheme was vast in the totality of its financial numbers because it spanned unnoticed for so many years. However, contrary to Huberfeld, Madoff seems to have spent his early years as an honest businessman, someone who was trusted  and trustworthy. Madoff passed his SEC licensing exams to go on and be the chairman of NASDAQ. That he then used that influence to create goodwill and trust, which was then instrumental to the ease with which he was able to bilk investors is tragic. He was an old-school genius. People who knew him in his early years referred to him as a mensch, the old-school version, not one cloaked in a kipa, ultra-religious organizations and quasi religious worldviews. He did not couch his business in G-d, nor did he ask for leniency by citing religious enlightenment. While Madoff was just as much a Jew as Huberfeld, he is to date far less the hypocrite. How Madoff’s sense of the ethical codes of business flipped is a question we continue to ask. We are still looking for Huberfeld’s business morality which appears nowhere obvious in his historical rise.

We do not believe, an opinion based upon years of research and reports, that Huberfeld earned an honest dollar in all of the years since Kosher Delight.  Nor cam we ascribe to the belief that a criminal can be judged by the charities to which he gives; unless perhaps he, himself, lives a pauper’s life post “remorse.” Madoff’s charitable giving means nothing when ultimately it came and may now continue to be coming from money he stole, whether directly or indirectly, from his investors.  Similarly, Murray Huberfeld’s charitable giving is meaningless if it comes at the expense of those who were deprived of their money, their trust, their livelihoods, pension funds, their families’ futures, need we say more?

Murray Huberfeld’s returns to his COBA victims is a slap in the face to each and every one of his victims over the years; and it amounts to a pittance compared to the money in family trusts, both his own and those shared with other families including the Bodner family. And in reality, given his exposure and his admissions, we cannot seem to match the return of COBA funds with the crime to which he admitted. Was he complicit in defrauding COBA? Was he a conspirator in the Platinum fraud? Both the 45 pages from his lawyers waxing poetic about him and the $7M he has agreed to return seem to speak to a different crime than that to which he admitted. We are a bit perplexed.

But we digress. Were Huberfeld to feel true remorse, he would be returning ALL of the money owed to COBA, amounting to upwards of $19M; and he would be returning the money lost to Platinum’s investors. He would not be trying to apportion blame or to claim lack of knowledge to the well-executed scam that Platinum was perpetrating. Remorse means returning money lost to investors in Platinum entities. His hands were sullied by those schemes over the years. His victims deserve compensation and retribution; and he deserves punishment.

To his attorneys who so very eloquently set forth as an characteristic of his kindness his care of his parents, we say anyone with decency should care for his parents. To his attorneys who look to Kosher Delight, Sha’are Tzedek and the other charities to which he has given for a salve to wash his hands, we say that these were endeavors intended to provide a cover. To his attorneys who quoted the people he has helped with letters and videos (likely all with the dirty money he amassed) we present these two question: a) are the convicted felons in that list of supporters really credible and 2) should Madoff’s charities not have similarly been considered in reducing his sentence? 

The following is a list of charities that in 2010 were beneficiaries of Madoff’s “philanthropy.” We stand by how much we hate that word. It represents in so many contexts nothing more than hypocrisy.

Madoff also made large donations to charity like Amway

Shyam
Naive young Trivedi seems to think that giving money to good causes is a mark of honesty. The following is just part of a list of donations made by Bernie Madoff and his wife to numerous charities in the 10 years prior to his arrest.Name of Donor —- Minimum Confirmed Amount—— Recipient Name —-Year
Bernard L. Madoff—— $2,500—–American Liver Foundation-2003-2003
Ruth and Bernard L. Madoff $10,000 Brandeis University

National Women`s Committee 1999-2000
Bernard L. and Ruth
Madoff Foundation $10,000 Center for Jewish History 2006-2006
Ruth and Bernard L. Madoff $10,000 City Harvest 2005-2006
Bernard L. Madoff $10,000 Educational Broadcasting
Corporation 2006-2007
Mr. and Mrs. Bernard L. Madoff$10,000 Fountain House 2005-2006
Ruth and Bernard L. Madoff $25,000 Girls Inc. 2005-2006
Ruth and Bernard Madoff $2,500 Global Camps Africa 2007-2007
Mr. and Mrs. Bernard L.Madoff $5,000 God`s Love We Deliver 2004-2004
Ruth and Bernard Madoff $10,000 Hillel Foundation for
Jewish Campus Life 2006-2007
Ruth and Bernard Madoff $10,000 Hofstra University 2005-2006
Ruth and Bernard Madoff $1,000 Jewish Federation of
Palm Beach County 2006-2007
Ruth & Bernard L. Madoff $10,000 Learning Leaders 2004-2005
Bernard L. Madoff
Investment Securities LLC $5,000 Lower East Side Name
Tenement Museum 2006-2006
The Madoff Family Foundation $1,000,000 Lymphoma Research
Foundation 2007-2007
Bernard L. Madoff $40,000 Metropolitan Museumof Art 2007-2008
Bernard L. Madoff $2,500 Museum of Name
ModernArt (MOMA) 2005-2006
The Bernard L. and Ruth
Madoff Foundation $25,000 New York Public Library 2002-2002
Ruth and Bernard L. Madoff $10,000 New York University,
Harris Obesity Prevention
Effort (HOPE) 2007-2007
Mr. and Mrs. Bernard Madoff $1,000 North Shore – Long Island
Jewish Health System 2003-2003
Bernard L. Madoff Investment
Securities $10,000 Pace University 2002-2003
Bernard Madoff $250 Police Athletic League
of New York 2001-2002 Bernard L. Madoff $25,000 Prostate Cancer Foundation 2007-2007 Bernard L. & Ruth
Alpern Madoff `61 $25,000 Queens College , City
University of New York 2006-2007
Bernard L. Madoff $5,000 Ronald McDonald House
of New York, Inc. 2007-2007
Ruth and Bernard Madoff $1,500 Wildlife Conservation Society 2006-2007

It is also interesting to note, that (exactly as in the case of Bernie Madoff) any money given by the ‘Amway’ mob to charity, has actually first come from the victims of a fraud.
David Brear

The Mezuzahs of Crown Heights – Where to Buy the Scrolls and Where to Avoid – a Double Blind Study

 

CAVEAT EMPTOR – THE BUYER BEWARE!!! When you Purchase a Mezuzah Scroll, Know What you are Buying

We take no credit for this study. We take no credit for orchestrating it and we take no authorship at all. We would like to thank the person who did the study, which required a remarkable amount of thought and consideration. We would like to thank the people who sent this along to us.  

We took the liberty of uploading the video to YouTube on a new YouTube Channel we have begun. We  have kept a number of copies along the way.

Please pay attention. The study of the Mezuzah scrolls was a carefully crafted study of 10 Mezuzah scrolls from 10 locations in what would otherwise be a “double-blind” study to determine their authenticity. Two separate Sophers (scribes) were entrusted with the review of the scrolls and both came out wiht the same results.

DO NOT PURCHASE ANOTHER MEZUZAH UNTIL YOU HAVE SEEN THIS. 

 

Update: We received a response from Rabbi Moshe Klein, one of the proprietors of the stores that sold the Non-Kosher Mezuzas. His response, in Yiddish, claimed that his Mezuzas are 100% Kosher, that the standards used to test the Mezuzas are faulty and that his Mezuzas are 100% Kosher. He also maintains that there are different levels of Mezuzah quality but that does not diminish the Kashrut of his Mezuzahs.   

 

JLeaks – Lichy, Mille & Schwab v. Klein, Sharaby, Hershkowitz, Shubert & Shmidt – First Amendment Attacked in Lakewood

This is being reprinted with express permission. We invite you to review the site for the original documents as well as some additional background. The suit, is of interest to us because it is yet another example of using the Court system as a weapon against free speech.

 

https://jleaks.com/lichy-miller-schwab-vs-klein-sharaby-hershkowitz-schubert-schmidt/

Lichy, Miller & Schwab Vs. Klein, Sharaby, Hershkowitz, Schubert & Schmidt

 

A synopsis of the Schwab Vs. Lakewood Residents Lawsuit:

Until a few years ago a few cronies enjoyed the pleasure of pillaging the tax payer undisturbed. Life was good for the cronies. Things started changing with when First Amendment Activist started videoing the township meetings, the Take Back Lakewood movement, people started speaking up, OPRA requests were made, robo calls, information on WhatsApp….  Their actions were exposed, and the cronies were not happy.  As of now many of their dreams have not matured as they expected. For one, the Master plan has not been approved they way they like.

Lately Mr.  Schwab tried to steal from the tax payers by exchanging a worthless piece of land with prime real estate next to Coscto. http://jleaks.com/schwab-miller-and-greeeeeeed/ . It still has not been transferred to Schwab!

 

The cronies decided this must stop. The commoners must be trained to obey and shut up. Back in the day Steve Langert sued Harold Hershkowitz and lost on the grounds that you can legally speak out against public officials,  so they went decided to go on a different route. Schwab would sue so the business from the township would continue to flow and Meir Lichtenstein would pay for it. The goal is to scare anyone from ever again speaking out against the cronies and to figure out who are the individuals that are talking…. Like this they would know who to eliminate….

 

Stalin-ism at  its best

jleaks.schwab

 

 

Gershon Barkany, Guilty Plea and Sentencing, Follow-Up Part II

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U.S. Attorney’s Office
Eastern District of New York

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wednesday, December 19, 2018

Long Island Man Sentenced to 56 Months’ Imprisonment for Defrauding Investors of $62 Million in a Real Estate Ponzi Scheme

Earlier today, at the federal courthouse in Central Islip, Gershon Barkany was sentenced by United States District Judge Joseph F. Bianco to 56 months’ imprisonment to be followed by three years’ supervised release for orchestrating a Ponzi scheme over four years that caused investors to lose approximately $62 million.  Barkany was also ordered to pay restitution in an amount to be determined later and forfeiture of $62 million.  Barkany pled guilty to wire fraud on June 26, 2013.

Richard P. Donoghue, United States Attorney for the Eastern District of New York, announced the sentence. 

“Today’s sentence is the very real consequence for all the lies, forgeries and fabrications that Barkany used to steal from investors who thought they were putting their money into safe real estate deals,” stated United States Attorney Donoghue.  “This Office will vigorously prosecute those who betray their clients’ trust for their own financial self-interest.”  Mr. Donoghue expressed his appreciation to the Federal Bureau of Investigation, New York Field Office for its outstanding investigative work during the investigation.

Between December 2009 and March 2013, Barkany induced more than 10 victims to invest approximately $62 million by promising to use their money in “risk-free” deals to purchase, and then immediately re-sell at a profit, commercial real estate properties located in New York City and New Jersey.  No such deals existed, and the investors lost their entire investments.  Relying on Barkany’s representations, one victim invested $46.5 million as a down payment on an office building in Manhattan, a hotel in Atlantic City and properties in the Bronx and Queens.  In fact, those real estate deals did not exist, and the investments were lost.

Shortly after Barkany’s arrest on March 28, 2013, two additional victims contacted the FBI and reported that they had been defrauded by Barkany.  Barkany induced those investors to give him approximately $7.5 million by promising to use their money in a “risk-free” deal to purchase, and then immediately re-sell at a profit, an office building in Manhattan.  In furtherance of the scheme, Barkany created fraudulent documents, including a purchase agreement purportedly signed by the seller of the office building and an escrow agreement allegedly signed by a third-party escrow agent.  Once again, the promised deal did not exist, and the investment was lost. 

Barkany diverted some of the funds he received to pay victims whom he had earlier defrauded, and used approximately $7.8 million of investors’ monies for personal expenses and gambling. 

The government’s case is being handled by the Office’s Long Island Criminal Division.  Assistant United States Attorneys Christopher Caffarone and Diane Leonardo are in charge of the prosecution.

The Defendant:

GERSHON BARKANY
Age: 34
Woodmere, New York

E.D.N.Y. Docket No. 13-CR-362 (JFB)