William Rapfogel

Met Council Probe Not Over Yet: AG

10/29/2014
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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.
 
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Met Council’s New CEO To Step Down

08/21/2014
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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.

07/23/2014
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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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Ex-Met Council Chief William Rapfogel To Plead Guilty In Financial Scam

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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.

Met Council Cleared By AG To Receive State Funding

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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.

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

Joseph Ross faces larceny, money laundering rap.

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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.

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.

Rapfogel Faces Criminal Charges In $5M Scam, AG Says

Ousted charity chief allegedly hoarded cash from insurance overpayments.

09/25/2013
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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 face charges including grand larceny and money laundering, authorities said.

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

Ousted CEO hoarded cash from insurance overpayments, says AG.

09/24/2013
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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.

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