William Rapfogel

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

03/30/2015

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.

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

01/23/2015

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

10/29/2014
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

08/21/2014

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

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
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

04/23/2014

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

12/20/2013

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.

11/15/2013

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.

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