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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Prevazon Holdings, a Russian Lawyer, Manafort, Kushner and the Clinton Connection… Laundering Money

Kremlin-linked lawyer Natalia Veselnitskaya speaks to journalists in Moscow, Russia, Tuesday, July 11, 2017. Veselnitskaya admits she met with Donald Trump Jr. during the 2016 presidential campaign, but insists that she had no compromising information on Hillary Clinton to offer in contrast to what the email exchange released by Trump’s eldest son suggested. (AP Photo/Alexander Zemlianichenko)

The Russian Trump Tower Lawyer Veselnitskaya Is Indicted But The Media Covers Up Her Connection To The Clinton Campaign

Today the Northeastern headquarters of the #Resistance, that would be the US Attorney for the Southern District of New York, issued an indictment of Russian lawyer, Natalia V. Veselnitskaya. While Veselnitskaya is most familiar as the Stay-Puft Marshmallow Man of the Russia-collusion conspiracy theory, this indictment has nothing to do with anyone named Trump. It stems from her representation of a Russian “businessman” and his company, Prevezon Holdings, for laundering money via purchases of New York real estate. The fact that this indictment was issued with some fanfare, given the fact that Veselnitskaya in Russia and is unable to enter the United States and no one cares about Prevezon, gives the whole thing a stench of trying to pump new life into a bullsh** investigation that has gone on way, way too long.

Natalia V. Veselnitskaya, the Russian lawyer who in 2016 met with Trump campaign officials in Trump Tower, was charged on Tuesday in a separate case that showed her close ties to the Kremlin.

Ms. Veselnitskaya, a pivotal figure in the investigation into Russian interference in the presidential election, was charged by federal prosecutors in New York with seeking to thwart an earlier Justice Department investigation into money laundering that involved an influential Russian businessman and his investment firm.

The money-laundering case was not directly related to the Trump Tower meeting. But a federal indictment returned in Manhattan seemed to confirm that Ms. Veselnitskaya had deep ties to senior Russian government officials.

The charges stem from the Justice Department’s 2013 civil investigation into the role that some of Ms. Veselnitskaya’s clients — Prevezon Holdings Ltd. and its owner, Denis P. Katsyv — played in a scheme to launder ill-gotten money through New York real estate purchases.

The Justice Department asked the Russian government to assist its investigation, but the Russians refused, responding with a letter that purported to exonerate Russian officials and Prevezon, the indictment said.

So far all of the coverage has focused on one thing:

Kenneth P. Vogel

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The memo that NATALIA VESELNITSKAYA provided at the June 2016 TRUMP TOWER meeting matched one circulated by Russia’s top prosecutors ofc. Now, she’s been charged with secretly working with that ofc to thwart a civil fraud investigation by @TheJusticeDept. https://www.nytimes.com/2019/01/08/nyregion/trump-tower-natalya-veselnitskaya-indictment.html 

Natalia V. Veselnitskaya was charged on Tuesday with seeking to thwart a Justice Department investigation into money laundering.

Russian Lawyer in Meeting at Trump Tower Is Charged in Case That Shows Kremlin Ties

Natalia V. Veselnitskaya, who met with Trump campaign officials in 2016, helped draft Russia’s response in an unrelated money-laundering case, prosecutors said.

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US attorney in NY charges Natalia Veselnitskaya, the Russian lawyer who met in Trump Tower with Donald Trump Jr and others promising dirt on Hillary Clinton, in a separate case highlighting her ties to the Russian government.

She has been charged with obstruction of justice.

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The Associated Press

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Natalya Veselnitskaya, who attended a 2016 Trump Tower meeting with Donald Trump Jr. and Jared Kushner, was charged Tuesday with obstruction of justice in an unrelated case. http://apne.ws/QrWOG6U 

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Russian lawyer who met Trump Jr. charged in unrelated case

NEW YORK (AP) — A Russian lawyer who became a focal point of the investigation into whether there was collusion between Russians and President Donald Trump’s election campaign was charged with…

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Breaking: Natalia Veselnitskaya, the Russian lawyer who in 2016 met with Trump campaign officials in Trump Tower, has been charged by federal prosecutors in a separate case that showed her close ties to the Kremlin, NYT reports. https://nyti.ms/2GYoFDS?smid=nytcore-ios-share 

Natalia V. Veselnitskaya was charged on Tuesday with seeking to thwart a Justice Department investigation into money laundering.

Russian Lawyer in Meeting at Trump Tower Is Charged in Case That Shows Kremlin Ties

Natalia V. Veselnitskaya, who met with Trump campaign officials in 2016, helped draft Russia’s response in an unrelated money-laundering case, prosecutors said.

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The Daily Beast

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NEW: Russian lawyer Natalia Veselnitskaya—known for her 2016 Trump Tower meeting with Trump Jr., Kushner, and Manafort—has been charged with obstruction of justice in money-laundering case https://trib.al/UY7p8K3 

Russian Lawyer Natalia Veselnitskaya Charged With Obstruction of Justice in Money-Laundering Case

The attorney is most famous for her role in a 2016 Trump Tower meeting with Don Jr., Kushner, and Manafort.

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But, there are a lot of other moving parts here that the media are collectively, and consciously, blocking out. Aside from the strangeness of announcing the indictment of someone who is not in US custody and thereby ensuring she will never, ever, be apprehended, there is the media’s universal refusal to acknowledge that during the Trump Tower meeting, Veselnitskaya was a stringer for FusionGPS, the company hired by the Clinton campaign to scrounge up oppo on Trump.

Despite all the attention paid to her, she seems to be a bit player in the whole drama. For instance, we know what Veselnitskaya talked about at the Trump Tower meeting. She was trying to have Magnitsky Act sanctions placed on oligarch Oleg Deripaska removed. The left has had a smallish herd of cattle over Veselnitskaya allegedly offering “dirt” on Hillary Clinton. I’ve always failed to grasp why this is important or meaningful. Why would any campaign turn down derogatory information on their opponent? And it isn’t like using a foreign national to obtain it is a big deal. The Clinton campaign, after all, hired an appendage of British intelligence to develop the Steele, or Trump, Dossier, which he did by paying off Russian intermediaries.

Some of the other parts that are never discussed are much more interesting:

Veselnitskaya met with FusionGPS honcho Glenn Simpson both before and after the Trump Tower meeting.

Oleg Deripaska acted as an agent of the FBI while under sanctions.

Veselnitskaya was banned from entering the United States but was given special permission to enter the US at the time of the Trump Tower meeting.

Glenn Simpson took the Fifth rather than talk about his involvement with Veselnitskaya.

The obvious conclusion is that the coverage of this indictment, if not the indictment itself, is simply another attempt by the purveyors of the Russia-collusion nonsense to smear yet more lipstick on that particular pig.

This is a link to the indictment.

 

 

Attorney, Prevezon Holdings, Lev Leviev, Jared Kushner and Money Laundering

Natalia Veselnitskaya and 20 Pine Street (Credit: Facebook and CityRealty)

Russian attorney, who attended Trump Tower meeting, indicted for obstructing real estate money laundering investigation

A Russian attorney who met with Donald Trump Jr. during the 2016 presidential campaign has been indicted for obstructing a federal investigation into a New York money laundering scheme, according to a complaint unsealed Tuesday in Manhattan court.

Natalie Veselnitskaya had been the defense attorney for real estate company Prevezon Holdings, which in 2013 was accused by U.S. prosecutors of laundering millions in stolen Russian money into Manhattan luxury properties, including condominiums at 20 Pine Street in the Financial District.

Before the case went to trial, Veselnitskaya’s clients settled, and in February of last year were ordered to pay $6 million. But in today’s unveiled complaint, prosecutors allege the Russian attorney provided the American court with falsified reports presented as authentic Russian government findings that denied the United States’ claims against Prevezon.

The New York Times first reported on the unsealed complaint.

In the Prevezon case, prosecutors alleged that laundered money came from a more than $200 million Russian tax fraud scheme, in which American hedge fund manager Bill Browder, and his firm Hermitage Capital, were said to be framed by Russian officials, who issued phony tax rebates and pocketed the sums for themselves. The fracas culminated in the mysterious death of Hermitage’s accountant, Sergei Magnitsky, in a Russian prison in 2009. Those events led the US Congress to pass the Magnitsky Act, which sanctioned high-ranking Russian officials believed to be responsible.

Veselnitskaya, Prevezon’s now indicted attorney, is better known as a subject of Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into President Donald Trump’s 2016 presidential campaign and potential collusion with Russian individuals. In 2016, Veselnitskaya met with Donald Trump Jr, campaign manager Paul Manafort and Jared Kushner at Trump Tower. The meeting was ostensibly held to discuss potential opposition research on Hillary Clinton, but ultimately to lobby them on the Magnitsky Act, Donald Trump, Jr. later said. Trump, Jr. had first been pitched the meeting by an English publicist, who described Veselnitskaya as connected to “the Crown prosecutor of Russia” in an email.

The Russian government was largely uncooperative in the U.S. Prevezon investigation, according to previous reporting, but Veselnitskaya provided to U.S. attorneys documents she said were the result of the Russian government’s own investigation into the allegations, claiming that the tax fraud scheme had been carried out not by corrupt Russian bureaucrats, but by Browder and Hermitage Capital. U.S. Attorneys, however, allege in their indictment that Veselnitskaya herself participated in the drafting and careful wording of these documents, without disclosing to the court that she had done so.

In a statement Tuesday Morning, Geoffrey Berman, U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York, said, “Fabricating evidence – submitting false and deceptive declarations to a federal judge – in an attempt to affect the outcome of pending litigation not only undermines the integrity of the judicial process, but it threatens the ability of our courts and our Government to ensure that justice is done.”

Prevezon, which admitted no wrongdoing in its 2017 settlement, was a partner of Lev Leviev’s Africa Israel Investment, including in investments alleged to be vehicles for money laundering, such as the sale of the 20 Pine condos.

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Mensch and Eagle Scout – Martin Shkreli’s Lawyer Sentenced to 18 Months

Martin Shkreli’s Company Lawyer Sentenced to 18 Months for Fraud

Martin Shkreli’s cohort in crime may be a “mensch” and an Eagle Scout who’s devoted his life to serving others, but that didn’t save Evan Greebel from a prison sentence for aiding the Pharma Bro in an $11 million fraud.

Greebel on Friday was ordered to serve 18 months behind bars for conspiring with Shkreli, as U.S. District Judge Kiyo Matsumoto in Brooklyn, New York, turned aside his plea to remain free.

I will regret every day of my life the day that I met Martin Shkreli,” Greebel told the judge. “I’m begging for this court’s mercy to give me the lowest possible sentence.”

Greebel was convicted last year of helping Shkreli steal $11 million to repay investors after the hedge-fund-manager-turned-drug-executive, lost their money in risky trades. Greebel, a New York attorney, was the outside counsel to Retrophin Inc., which Shkreli co-founded.

Shkreli’s Ex-Lawyer Convicted of Aiding Him in Fraud Schemes

The judge also ordered Greebel to pay $10.5 million in restitution to Retrophin and to forfeit $116,000. Ironically, Shkreli didn’t have to pay restitution to the company because he was cleared of the counts that would trigger the payment.

“He is not feckless. He is not naive. He is not inexperienced,” Matsumoto said. “And he was not led astray by a young, brash CEO.”

Shkreli, 35, was sentenced in March to seven years in prison after a separate trial. He became notorious in 2015 while serving as chief executive of Turing Pharmaceuticals, which he started after being ousted from Retrophin a year earlier. At Turing, he hiked the price of a life-saving drug by more than 5,000 percent. The controversial price increase was unrelated to the criminal case against both men.

Greebel was convicted of conspiring with Shkreli by helping him devise sham settlements and consulting contracts to pay investors with assets from Retrophin, and orchestrating a scheme to control company’s shares.

‘Good Person’ Shkreli Meets ‘Mythical’ Fraud in Sentencing

“Never in my life did I think that I’d be standing in a federal courtroom at my own criminal sentencing,” Greebel told Matsumoto. “It’s the deepest shame I’ve ever experienced in my life.”

He’s a “mensch, and a very solid one,” Greebel’s lawyers wrote in a court filing. Defense lawyers said Greebel faced two years in prison under federal sentencing guidelines, but that his humanitarian work is a basis to spare him from serving any jail time.

 

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A PLATINUM TESTIMONY – Pay-to-Play – Jona Rechnitz and Mayor de Blasio

 

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Major de Blasio donor brags about closeness with mayor, says he expected influence for funds at Seabrook trial

 

One of Mayor de Blasio’s biggest donors took the witness stand Thursday to boast about his closeness to the mayor and make clear he had expected “lots of access” to Hizzoner.

The embarrassing testimony came from Jona Rechnitz, who’s pleaded guilty to corruption charges and is the star witness in the trial of disgraced jail union boss Norman Seabrook.

“I was giving money `to the Mayor of New York in exchange for favors,” he said to describe one element of the criminal offense to which he pleaded guilty.

Rechnitz described a meeting he and another donor, Jeremy Reichberg, had with de Blasio’s key fund-raiser, Ross Offinger.

Embattled de Blasio donor to testify against Norman Seabrook

“We expect a lot of access and influence,” Rechnitz said the group told Offinger. “We’re going to become significant contributors.

He said Offinger, a longtime de Blasio aide and the chief rainmaker for the mayor’s non-profit, Campaign for One New York, replied, “Okay. How much do you think you guys can get together?”

Norman Seabrook says $20G was casino prize money, not bribes

Rechnitz, who is cooperating with prosecutors in the hopes of winning lighter jail time, raised $41,000 for the mayor before his 2013 election, donated $50,000 to Campaign for One New York, and wrote a $102,300 check as part of the mayor’s 2014 failed effort to flip the state Senate to Democratic control.

Offinger, Rechnitz testified, returned with his hand out after de Blasio was elected mayor.

“He would call when they needed money,” he said. In return, “I would call whenever I had an issue.”

“I would be a ‘yes’ man,” he added. “I always gave money.”

Witness in Norman Seabrook bribery case is ‘serial liar’: defense

In court he revealed that de Blasio — who has strained to distance himself from Rechnitz — even came to his office before the election.

The then-candidate “told me to call if there’s anything I need. Always be in touch.”

Rechnitz was one of several donors who got tremendous access to the mayor. De Blasio routinely ordered his minions to intervene on donors’ behalf.

Emails show de Blasio responding, “I’m all ears” when Rechnitz suggested a candidate for buildings commissioner, and City Hall intervened when he was cited for running an illegal hotel.

Norman Seabrook says $20G was casino prize money, not bribes

In response late Thursday, de Blasio’s press secretary, Eric Phillips, mocked the credibility of the mayor’s major donor.

“These are nothing but re-heated, re-packaged accusations that have been extensively reviewed and passed on by authorities at multiple levels,” he said. “The administration has never and will never make government decisions based on campaign contributions.”

Rechnitz was cooperating with the Manhattan U.S. Attorney’s probe of de Blasio that result in no charges but the finding that the mayor had intervened on behalf of big donors.

Rechnitz also admitted he “straw donors” — an illegal scheme to avoid laws limiting how much contributors can give to politicians.

Ex-correction union head Seabrook must face corruption charges

The law prohibits donors from masking their identity by giving to campaigns through other donors. Rechnitz said he did just that by having people in his office write checks for which he would reimburse them.

He described Offinger as a kind of bag man, dropping by his office to pick up checks.

“I told him to hold on and I’d walk out, get a few checks from people and then bring them in,” he said.

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OJPAC – A Self-Serving Organization Aimed at Clouding Reality,Twisting Truths and Whitewashing – Lakewood

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Dear Readers:

This article serves as an introduction to an organization that uses social media to rewrite history, to justify the ills of many within the community, to prevent legislation from passage like the ACA, to assist in the demoralization of anything non-ultra-Orthodox and to do so all under the guise of a quasi legitimate charitable organization.

Our attention was drawn to OJPAC by a contributor who pointed specifically to OJPAC’s historical rewrite of the events in Lakewood. This is not the first time an article regarding Rockland County and OJPAC’s ultra-Orthodox voice has lead to reporting on  Yossi Gestetner, spokesperson for the organization and a public face of his fellow politicians and political whores. We are sure it will not be the last.

In the first story in today’s “Latest” section of the OJPAC website there is an article entitled, “To the Advertisers of Asbury Park Press and Gannett Investors.”  Presumably that article is intended to tell the advertisers and investors that the news is being improperly reported. In actuality, it is a rewrite of history, a justification of sorts.

OJPAC’s fame to public relations in the referenced first article on its site is to de- criminalize activities in Lakewood by drawing comparisons to other areas of New Jersey, namely Newark. Sadly, the residents of Newark to whom OJPAC makes a comparison cannot boast the income of those arrested in Lakewood. Rather, Newark has a history of poverty and crime so such a comparison is not only inaccurate but insulting.

Unlike OJPAC’s whitewashed version of the truth, the issue in Lakewood is not the number of children from married couples on assistance as alleged by the PR website; but rather the numbers of couples manipulating entitlement programs who do not meet the parameters of those programs. The same is not true of Newark.

It is worth noting that even the Vaad of Lakewood acknowledged that there is a problem. OJPAC would have done a service to the community and those viewing that community from outside were a similar acknowledgement to have been made. Apparently, however,  the fraudulent activities in Lakewood are acceptable when compared to activities elsewhere, even when such comparisons are non-representative.

We suggest that consistent with the Mission as stated by OJPAC, “to counter the alleged defamation and generalization of the Orthodox Jewish Community” OJPAC should focus on accountability and acknowledgement. To ignore or minimize the the crime that does occur within a fairly large segment of the ultra-Orthodox community is to reduce credibility.

For many, it is difficult not to draw generalizations from a community that has coined the term “Moser” to refer to someone who reports against his own community member. For it is better to remain silent than to report the truth.

We maintain that contrary to their mission, OJPAC is not “organizing civil yet effective community action for fair reporting” but is rather using PR tactics to sway reporting in favor of the ultra-Orthodox community without acknowledging the problems within that community.

We argue that the Federal Authorities should be looking carefully into communities within Rockland County, Kiryat Joel, Crown Heights, Boro Park and other areas across the Eastern 87 Corridor for the same or similar abuses as those committed by members of the Lakewood ultra-Orthodox community. The behavior is indefensible and the comparison to Newark by OJPAC is reprehensible.

Unfortunately, a few bad apples can destroy an entire tree.

We suggest that the authorities should be looking into the activities of any subject on the OJPAC’s website. If a supposed “correction” or alleged “truth” is reported there, it is likely because OJPAC is attempting to minimize or justify activity whether criminal or otherwise.

Finally, we do agree with OJPAC insofar as there are broad generalizations and globally the situation of discrimination and hatred is disturbing. However, stereotypes are based in perception. Perhaps if OJPAC would focus on cleaning up the actions of members of that community, who are sorry examples of Judaism, the worldview might also change.

There are exemplary members of the ultra-Orthodox community. It is just hard to find them when groups like OJPAC color everything using the same white paintbrush.

In the meantime, we offer thanks to the person who provided the voice for this post.

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Israel, Money Laundering

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Israel: Police Announce Arrests In Money Laundering Operation

Three persons were arrested by Israel Police on Thursday, 8 Iyar as the primary suspects in a money laundering operation, including one chareidi suspect. Police report the operation involved millions of shekels and the suspects are residents of both Jerusalem and Netanya and they are in their thirties.

It appears that they obtained funds from abroad fraudulently and they laundered the money here in Israel. The operation has been going on for a number of years. During the predawn hours of Thursday however, the clandestine investigation went public as police moved in to make the arrests. Armed with search warrants, police carried out searches of their homes at the time of the arrests.