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Met Council’s William Rapfogel Sentenced

Former charity CEO faces 16 months to 10 years in prison and a $3 million fine.

07/23/2014
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William Rapfogel, the former chief of New York’s Metropolitan Council on Jewish Poverty, was sentenced to 3 1/3 to 10 years in prison for his role in a kickback scheme.

William E. Rapfogel, left, with attorney Paul L. Shechtman when he pleaded guilty in April. Jefferson Siegel Pool Photo

Met Council’s Rapfogel Pleads Guilty

Admits to stealing $1 million in scheme; faces at least 3 ½ to 10 years; agrees to repay $3 million.

04/23/2014
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In a soft voice, William Rapfogel, the disgraced former CEO of the Jewish community’s well-connected anti-poverty agency here, pleaded guilty Wednesday to inflating the agency’s insurance bills in order to steal $9 million over 20 years for politicians, others and himself.

Police led William Rapfogel away from court after his arrest last summer. Marcos Santos/Daily News
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Met Council Cleared By AG To Receive State Funding

12/20/2013
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The Metropolitan Council on Jewish Poverty will be able to continue receiving New York State funds in the wake of the scandal that has seen its former CEO charged with stealing millions from the charity.

Report: Judy Rapfogel Questioned In Met Council Probe

10/21/2013
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The wife of ex-Met Council CEO William Rapfogel has been questioned regarding the hundreds of thousands of dollars that turned up in the couple's homes, reports said on Monday.

Report: Lax Government Oversight May Have Enabled Met Council Scandal

09/17/2013
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Lax government oversight may have enabled the scandal involving William Rapfogel, the former executive director of the Metropolitan Council for Jewish Poverty, according to The New York Times.

Nonprofit organizations may be overseen by multiple government agencies, creating “potential for some problems to be missed,” H. Tina Kim, a New York City deputy comptroller, was quoted as saying by the newspaper on Monday.

City Money Uncertain Despite Hire

Does new exec have the political savvy to keep the anti-poverty funds flowing?

08/21/2013
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Even as the board of the city’s largest Jewish anti-poverty agency rushed to do damage control this week in the wake of the corruption scandal ensnaring its longtime CEO, one insider admitted it was far from certain whether the board’s action would result in the city quickly releasing $1.4 million in taxpayer funds it froze in the wake of the scandal.

The city’s finance commissioner, David Frankel, with Mayor Bloomberg, will take over Met Council. Photo via NYC.gov

At Beleaguered Met Council, Frankel Named Rapfogel's Successor

08/19/2013
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Six days after the Metropolitan Council on Jewish Poverty fired longtime executive director William Rapfogel following an investigation of financial misconduct charges, the agency named David Frankel as his successor.

Help For The Poor Unaffected, Officials Say

08/14/2013
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Less than two weeks before the start of the High Holy Days season, when large Yom Tov meals hosted in most Jewish homes increase the work of Jewish anti-poverty organizations who distribute food to the needy, some of the shelves of the food pantry at the Queens Jewish Community Council in Forest Hills are nearly empty.

Dealing With Scandal. Again

08/13/2013
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Some scandals, when we learn of them, seem almost predictable, a disgrace that was just waiting to happen. Others, like the news this week that William “Willy” Rapfogel, the popular and successful executive director and CEO of the Metropolitan Council on Jewish Poverty, has been fired and is under investigation for financial misconduct, come as a shock. As a Jewish community leader who had helped Met Council, during his more than two decades at the helm, grow into a major social-service organization, Rapfogel was energetic, effective, focused and well connected. Now, it seems in hindsight, to a fault.

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