Eric Schneiderman

Met Council Probe Not Over Yet, AG Says

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

10/23/2014 - 20:00
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

Met Council’s William Rapfogel Sentenced

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

07/22/2014 - 20:00

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 Cleared By AG To Receive State Funding

12/19/2013 - 19:00

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.

Insurer Charged In Met Council Ripoff; Scam Now Estimated At $7 Million

Joseph Ross faces larceny, money laundering rap.

11/14/2013 - 19:00

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.

Met Council's Rapfogel Facing Grand Larceny, Money Laundering Charges

Ousted CEO hoarded cash from insurance overpayments, says AG.
09/23/2013 - 20:00
Staff Writer

William Rapfogel, the former head of one of the city’s most prominent social service agencies who was fired amid allegations of financial misconduct surrendered to the police on Tuesday, and will be face charges including grand larceny and money laundering, authorities said.

The scheme ensnaring the Metropolitan Council on Jewish Poverty may have spanned as long as two decades and involved millions of dollars, according to court papers. Rapfogel's compensation at the organization was about $417,000.

An investigator working for the attorney general, in the criminal comlaint, says he recovered more than $400,000 in cash from Rapfogel that was kept in his homes on three dates in August. 

Rapfogel, 58, long one of the city's best known charity executives, was released from the First Precinct in Lower Manhattan after posting $100,000 in bail, according to a spokesman for state Attorney General Eric Schneiderman, who investgated the case.  Rapfogel surrendered his passport after Judge Kevin McGrath ordered him not to leave the state.

New York AG Alleges 19 Pro-Israel Charities Are Scams

06/27/2013 - 20:00

Their names contained keywords associated with helping Israelis and others in need.

But according to New York's state attorney general, 19 organizatons tied to four individuals were fraudulent set-ups intended to aggressively hoodwink Israel supporters into donations that were mostly used for their own benefit.

In State Supreme Court in Brooklyn Thursday, Eric Schneiderman alleged the four "brazenly abused the generosity of the public” by withdrawing more than $2.5 million raised in donations for personal and family expenses from 2007 to 2013.

The organizations included Hatzalah Rescue of Israel, Magen Israel, Israel Leukemia and Cancer Society, Our Children and Zaka Israel. They were not affiliated with similarly named organizations.

The defendants named in the complaint, which was obtained by The Jewish Week, are Yaakov Weingarten, 52 and his wife, Rivka, 52, and two of his employees, Simon Weiss, 28, and David Yifat, 66.

Attorney General Eric Schneiderman says defendants spent charity funds for personal gain, including a casino outing.

Video: Interviews with Candidates for Attorney General

10/27/2010 - 20:00
Assistant Managing Editor

The Jewish Week’s MetroPolitics video blog caught up with both candidates in the race for attorney general, the most competitive election on Tuesday’s statewide ballot.

For the interview with Democratic State Sen. Eric Schneiderman, click here:

For the interview with Republican Staten Island District Attorney Daniel Donavan, click here:


The Jewish Week Interviews Attorney General-Elect Eric Schneiderman

State Sen. Eric Schneiderman discusses his campaign for attorney general, school vouchers, Albany scandals, Al Sharpton and more in an interview with The Jewish Week's Adam Dickt

Another Orthodox Non-Endorsement In AG Race

10/18/2010 - 20:00
Assistant Managing Editor

Last week Orthodox Union leaders scrambled to make it known they had not endorsed Eric Schneiderman, the Democrat running for state attorney general, after a Schneiderman supporter's ad featured an OU press release about meeting the candidate.

No OU Stamp For Schneiderman

10/12/2010 - 20:00
Assistant Managing Editor

The Orthodox Union doesn’t endorse candidates. So you can understand the zeal of OU leaders in getting the word out about what they see as a misleading statement from a supporter of  attorney general candidate Eric Schneiderman.

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