40 people, including five ‘highly-placed’ rabbis, politicians and officials have been arrested on racketeering offenses and other charges
The five rabbis arrested on racketeering charges including international money laundering
- Rabbi Eliahu Ben Haim, Deal, NJ
- Rabbi Saul Kassin, Brooklyn, NY
- Rabbi Edmund Nahum, Deal, NJ
- Rabbi Mordechai Fish, Brooklyn, NY
Agents led suspects from F.B.I. headquarters in Newark on Thursday. The inquiry began with questions on money laundering. Photo: Louis Lanzano/Associated Press. Image may be subject to copyright.
An unidentified rabbi is taken into custody Thursday, July 23, 2009, in Newark, N.J., outside FBI offices. (AP Photo/Mel Evans). Image may be subject to copyright.
NEWARK, N.J. (CBS/AP) Federal prosecutors now say 44 people have been arrested including three New Jersey mayors, two state legislators and five rabbis as part of a two-track federal investigation of public corruption and a high-volume, international money laundering conspiracy that used synagogues to clean up dirty money for fees, according to Acting U.S. Attorney Ralph J. Marra, Jr.
Rabbis and Mayors Arrested on Corruption Charges
Levi Izhak Rosenbaum, who is accused of attempting to broker a $160,000 deal for a kidney donation, is taken into the back of the federal courthouse in Newark on corruption charges. Mitsu Yasukawa/The Star-Ledger. Image may be subject to copyright.
Three mayors from the state of New Jersey and two members of the NJ state legislature were also among those arrested.
“Three hundred FBI agents raided dozens of locations in New Jersey and New York as part of a 10-year probe into corruption and money laundering.” BBC reported.
“Among the 15 are five rabbis, including the national leader of the Syrian Jewish community. They are alleged to have laundered more than $3 million in a “high-volume, international money-laundering conspiracy,” Marra said. Their alleged dealings stretched to Israel and Switzerland.” CNN reported (!)
“These complaints paint a disgraceful picture of religious leaders heading money-laundering crews, acting as crime bosses. They used purported charities … as vehicles for laundering millions of dollars in illicit funds,” Acting U.S. Attorney for New Jersey Ralph Mara said.
The Axis of Corruption
Israel-New York-New Jersey- Switzerland!