Insurance brokers involved in $9 million Met Council kickback scam lose their licenses, but avoid jail.
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 says 2013 article about him was an attempt at ‘low grade character assassination.'
Amy Sara Clark
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.
Says discovery of loaded assault rifle and drug paraphernalia was a “horrible surprise”; defends arrested volunteer.
Amy Sara Clark
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.
Eric Schneiderman says his office is pursuing a few ‘other angles’ provided by Rapfogel.
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.
Shele Danishefsky Covlin remembered warmly; family launches fund in her memory.
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.