A Long Island-based insurance broker is the second person charged with defrauding the Metropolitan Council on Jewish Poverty over a span of two decades. Joseph Ross, owner of Century Coverage of Valley Stream, was charged on Wednesday in state Supreme Court with with first degree larceny, money laundering and other crimes and was released without entering a plea.
This was Benjamin Brafman’s 11th year emceeing the annual Tower of Hope gala of the Israel Cancer Research Fund in March at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel in New York, and he continued his time-honored routine of starting off with witty banter.
The prominent criminal defense lawyer was introduced as someone you should never know professionally.
He had just come from court where he represented his latest client: New York State Senator Carl Kruger of Brooklyn whom the feds charged with running a bribery racket for taking $1 million in return for political favors.