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