Crime

Rapfogel’s Fraud Partners Get Probation, Not Prison

Insurance brokers involved in $9 million Met Council kickback scam lose their licenses, but avoid jail.

02/13/2015

Two of the insurance brokers involved in a $9 million kickback scheme at the nonprofit Metropolitan Council on Jewish Poverty were sentenced today, Feb. 13, to five years probation and each was ordered to pay $1.5 million they admitting stealing from Met Council.

The two men, who were also ordered to surrender their broker’s licenses, were Solomon Ross and William Lieber. They have each already paid back $1 million, according to Attorney General Eric Schneiderman and Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli.

Sam Kellner’s defamation suit calls paper a ‘Pravda for pedophiles.’

Sam Kellner says 2013 article about him was 'low grade character assassination.'

11/16/2014
Staff Writer

Sam Kellner, the chasidic sex abuse whistleblower who was indicted in 2011 for extortion, but whose case was dismissed in early 2014, has filed a defamation suit against The Jewish Daily Forward.

Sam Kellner and his lawyers, Michael Dowd and Niall MacGiollabhui.

Chasidic Sex Abuse Whistleblower Sues The Forward For Defamation

Sam Kellner says 2013 article about him was an attempt at ‘low grade character assassination.'

11/16/2014
Staff Writer

Sam Kellner, the chasidic sex abuse whistleblower who was indicted in 2011 for bribery and extortion, but whose case dismissed in early 2014, has filed a defamation suit against The Jewish Daily Forward.

After Guns, Drugs Seized, Chabad Rabbi Defends Youth Center

Says discovery of loaded assault rifle and drug paraphernalia was a “horrible surprise”; defends arrested volunteer.

11/13/2014
Staff Writer

The head of a Crown Heights youth center where police discovered a loaded AR-15 semi-automatic assault rifle and a stash of drugs Tuesday defended the 11-year-old organization and the volunteer arrested in connection with the crime.

“This came as a horrible surprise,” said Rabbi Moishe Feiglin, who started The Aliya Institute, an organization for disaffected Jewish youth, in 2003.

Met Council Probe Not Over Yet, AG Says

Eric Schneiderman says his office is pursuing a few ‘other angles’ provided by Rapfogel.

10/24/2014
Managing Editor

The scandal involving the Metropolitan Council on Jewish Poverty, which provided a stunning example of charities fraud and toppled one of the Jewish communal world’s most respected figures, might not be over, The Jewish Week has learned.

Although the probe isn't over, Eric Schneiderman, above, stressed that Met Council has righted the ship. Getty Images

Jack The Ripper Not Necessarily Jewish

10/21/2014

You can rest easy. Turns out Jack the Ripper might not have been Jewish after all.

Jack the Ripper. Wikimedia Commons

Philadelphia Synagogue’s Historian Found Dead In Home

08/20/2014

A Philadelphia man who served as his synagogue’s informal historian was found beaten to death in his home.

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

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

Lincoln Square Still Mourns Slain Congregant

Shele Danishefsky Covlin remembered warmly; family launches fund in her memory.

02/01/2011
Editor And Publisher

Some 400 family, friends and fellow congregants gathered at Lincoln Square Synagogue on a recent Sunday afternoon to memorialize a 47-year-old woman whose mysterious death on New Years’ Eve 13 months ago attracted tabloid headlines at the time, and again several months later when it was determined she had been murdered.

Shele Danishefsky Covlin’s death on Dec. 31, 2009 has deeply affected Lincoln Square Synagogue.

Gabrielle Giffords Critical After Being Shot in the Head

01/09/2011
JTA

WASHINGTON (JTA) -- Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D-Ariz.) was in critical condition after being shot in the head.

Giffords was outside one of her signature "Congress at your corner" events outside a Safeway in Tucson, the district she represented, when a gunman approached and shot her in the head.

The gunman, identified by media as Jared Lee Loughner, shot 17 people, killing six of them, including a 9-year old girl and a federal judge, John Roll. The gunman was tackled and arrested.

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