William Rapfogel

Tarnished Silver

12/01/2015 - 19:00

First, the protégé. Now, the mentor.

For several decades, William “Willie” Rapfogel and Sheldon “Shelly” Silver strode the streets of the Jewish Lower East Side with pride, widely admired as native sons by their community. From the Bialystoker Shul, their spiritual home, to the Grand Street Co-ops to the Orchard Street shopping district to the controversial Seward Park development, Rapfogel and Silver looked out for Jewish interests in the area. And, it turns out, they looked out for their own interests as well, lining their pockets with millions of dollars in cash.

Power Broker Silver Takes A Fall

With Assembly speaker’s conviction, he’s paired with Rapfogel in corruption infamy.

11/30/2015 - 19:00

The two men used to share the same synagogue pew. One’s wife was the other’s chief of staff. Now both share an ignoble distinction: guilty of accepting millions through illegal kickback schemes.

Silver could face years in prison on corruption charges. JTA

Report: Many Jewish Leaders Sought Leniency For Met Council’s Rapfogel

03/29/2015 - 20:00

Many high-profile Jewish leaders called on New York’s attorney general to go easy on William Rapfogel, the former chief of New York’s Metropolitan Council on Jewish Poverty, who stole $9 million from the charity, according to a new report.

Met Council Insurance Broker Sentenced To 18 Months Plus Restitution

03/09/2015 - 20:00

Another co-conspirator in the scheme that stole approximately $9 million from New York’s Metropolitan Council on Jewish Poverty was sentenced to prison.

Silver’s Arrest A 2nd Strike For N.Y. Orthodox Power Brokers

01/22/2015 - 19:00

To critics of Albany’s culture of political corruption, the sight of the powerful longtime speaker of New York’s State Assembly, Sheldon Silver, getting arrested Thursday may have been a sign that even the state’s most powerful politicians are not immune from the long hand of the law.

Met Council Probe Not Over Yet: AG

10/28/2014 - 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.
Eric Schneiderman: Probe could be broadening. Getty Images

Met Council’s New CEO To Step Down

08/20/2014 - 20:00

The CEO of the scandal-tarred Metropolitan Council on Jewish Poverty is planning to step down.

David Frankel, who took the helm of the New York group in the wake of revelations that the organization’s prior leadership had stolen more than $1 million, will resign from his position as CEO before the end of this year, according to a report by the Forward newspaper.

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’s Rapfogel Pleads Guilty

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

04/22/2014 - 20:00
Staff Writer

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

Ex-Met Council Chief William Rapfogel To Plead Guilty In Financial Scam

04/22/2014 - 20:00

William Rapfogel, the ousted leader of the Metropolitan Council on Jewish Poverty in New York, reportedly will plead guilty for his role in a scheme to steal more than $7 million from the social service agency.

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