Heimisheh Scandals

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Arrest of the Holly Spinka Rebbe Shelita

I start by covering and assembling everything I can find about the arrest of the Holy Admor of Spinka. But my hope is to make this a clearing house of the many heimish scandals. If anyone has more info, please post it or email it to me.
December 19, 2007
Rabbi Naftali Tzi Weisz, head of the Spinka religious group, and his executive assistant, Gabbai Moseh E. Zigelman, are accused of soliciting “tens of millions of dollars” in contributions to Spinka charities while secretly promising to refund up to 95% of contributors’ donations, federal prosecutors said. The contributors then illegally claimed tax deductions on their bogus donations.
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December 28, 2007 - Posted by | Frum Scandals, Heimish Scandals, Rebbe Scandals | , , , , , , , , , , , ,

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  1. More details:
    Bail for the Rebbe zul zan gezint biz 120 was for $2,000,000
    for the Gabai, Zegelman $1,5000,000.

    The judge demanded that they surrender their passports, and have electronic device on them for monitoring.

    Joseph Roth from Tel Aviv was denied bail, and was sent back to federal prison

    They will have to make a dinner now to fundraise for the pidyen shevuim (lawers, etc.)

    Anyone have any info on R. K. who is mentioned in the Search Warrant? Please post.

    And stay tuned for the next Spinka fundraiser for lawer fees…

    Comment by Beirish | January 2, 2008 | Reply

  2. Du hot ir information abaut R. K.

    Robert Kasirer was a gov. plant who will be their witness. Here is some info I found about him:
    For years, Beverly Hills lawyer and health care entrepreneur Robert Kasirer has fought off a string of fraud accusations and monetary judgments that resulted when his business ventures went sour.

    While bond investors and lenders have sought repayment, Kasirer–the son of a philanthropist and health care executive–has continued to live a lifestyle that costs, by his estimate, $122,000 a month. Despite his admitted business setbacks, Kasirer serves on research boards at both UCLA and at the University of Pennsylvania, where he and his wife also chair the parents’ volunteer program committee.

    ….Earlier this month, Kasirer was subpoenaed by a federal grand jury in Los Angeles investigating Medicare fraud. His lawyers, citing the possibility of a criminal indictment, were able to place on hold a lawsuit seeking class action status that alleges he defrauded hundreds of municipal bond investors, according to documents filed in the civil case.

    Many of those investors had already been victimized once, by Alzheimer’s disease, by the time they encountered Kasirer, according to documents in the 273-page lawsuit, filed in U.S. District Court for Central District of California.

    Kasirer is involved in numerous other legal scrapes, some related to the non-profit operator of the Alzheimer’s facilities, Heritage Healthcare of America, and some not. He has created dozens of companies under various names, and has been the subject of investigations by the Justice Department, the Internal Revenue Service and the Securities and Exchange Commission.

    “We have all the evidence to prove Kasirer is a crook who defrauded elderly bond investors,” said Brian Barry, a lawyer representing hundreds of bondholders. “There were kickbacks to all of the parties involved, his wife was on the payroll and then the lawyer in the case simply destroyed all of the documents. The whole scheme was deliberate and detailed.”

    …Earlier this year, Kasirer and his wife Debra were sued by Alliance Bank of Culver City for failing to make payments on a $750,000 loan they received in 2001.

    …After using about $150,000 for construction work and furnishing of a second home, and lending another $250,000 to a friend, Kasirer said he had used “the rest of the money for my living expenses, as I am between career opportunities and my last business venture was not successful.”

    He went on to cite a minimum of $122,208 in monthly living expenses, including: $16,000 for his gated house on the 600 block of Canon Drive in Beverly Hills; $7,600 for a ski house in Park City, Utah; $4,350 for auto expenses; $5,100 in religious dues and donations; $12,000 for his children’s tuition; and $45,000 for legal fees.

    Kasirer’s personal spending patterns pop up frequently in the allegations involving Heritage Healthcare.

    The investors’ complaint alleges that he “caused the improper transfer of bond monies to himself, his wife and/or his companies,” even while he was paid a salary of $920,000 a year from 1997 to 2000.

    Debra Kasirer also received more than $1 million in salary and consulting fees from Heritage Healthcare through her own company, Mishkan Healthcare, which lists the couple’s Beverly Hills home as its business office, the lawsuit states.

    Robert’s father, Jacob Kasirer, is an executive at Golden State Health Centers Inc. in Sherman Oaks and an active philanthropist who donated enough money to Bais Yaakov High School on Beverly Boulevard to get his name engraved on the building. His company was paid at least $198,000 in consulting fees by Heritage Healthcare and was listed as a supervisory manager in one of the bond offerings, according to the complaint.

    According to a 1992 story in the Los Angeles Times, Kasirer was president of Beverly Hills Medical Holdings, which purchased Beverly Hills Hospital and became the subject of several lawsuits.

    The lawsuit alleges that Kasirer, his associates, his wife and his father collected millions of dollars in consulting fees and illegal payments, such as feasibility studies, that ultimately caused the Alzheimer’s facilities to run out of money and collapse.

    …But the lawsuit alleges that in 1996, as the Rancho Hospital offering was about to close, “Robert and Debra Kasirer decided to use the bondholders’ money to pay for a trip to Hawaii for themselves” by arranging for a board meeting to be held on Maui.

    In 1999, the Texas Department of Human Services conducted an investigation of a Heritage facility in Houston where “residents requiring an incontinence program did not receive help, residents were abusing each other without repercussions and a raging scabies epidemic was not contained,” according to the lawsuit.

    A Sarasota, Fla., facility was apparently built on a flood plain, causing an employee to complain that alligators often roamed the grounds and were a safety concern to the elderly patients, the lawsuit states.

    Comment by EchtaGoy | January 2, 2008 | Reply

  3. BROOKLYN RABBI AND SEVERAL ASSOCIATES CHARGED IN SOPHISTICATED TAX FRAUD AND MONEY LAUNDERING SCHEME

    The Grand Rabbi of Spinka, a religious group within Orthodox Judaism, was arrested this morning along with several associates charged in an indictment that alleges a wide-ranging conspiracy to defraud U.S. government agencies, to operate a underground money transfer system and to launder money through an Israeli bank.

    Grand Rabbi Naftali Tzi Weisz, 59, and Gabbai Moshe E. Zigelman, 60, both of Brooklyn, New York, were indicted yesterday by a federal grand jury in Los Angeles. The 37-count indictment, which was unsealed this morning, alleges that Weisz and Zigelman solicited millions of dollars of contributions to several Spinka charitable organizations by promising to secretly refund up to 95 percent of the contributions. In this manner, the contributors could claim as tax deductions the full amounts of their contributions, while actually having contributed as little as 5 percent of the amount they would declare on their federal income tax returns.

    Weisz and Zigelman would surreptitiously refund up to 95 percent of the contributions through several methods, according to the indictment. In some cases, the contributors received cash payments through an underground money transfer network involving various parties, some of whom operated businesses in and around the Los Angeles jewelry district. Several participants in the underground money transfer network were also indicted yesterday and arrested this morning. They are: Yaacov Zeivald, 43, of Valley Village, California; Yosef Nachum Naiman, 55, of Los Angeles; and Alan Jay Friedman, 43, all of Los Angeles. Another man allegedly involved in the underground money transfer network, Moshe Arie Lazar, 60, of Los Angeles, was not arrested and is believed to be in Israel.

    A second method used to reimburse contributors was wire transfers from Spinka-controlled entities into accounts secretly held at a bank in Israel. The accounts were established with the assistance of an international accounts manager at the bank, Joseph Roth, 66, of Tel Aviv, and Tel Aviv attorney Jacob Ivan Kantor, 71, both of whom are charged in the indictment. Roth allegedly assisted contributors in the United States obtain loans from the Los Angeles branch of the Israeli bank, loans that were secured by the funds in the secret bank accounts in Israel, so the contributors could have the use of the funds in the United States. After their money was placed in the secret accounts at the Israeli bank, contributors also could hire Spinka to help secretly repatriate the money into the United States in exchange for an additional money laundering fee, the indictment alleges. Roth was arrested this morning in Los Angeles. Kantor has not been arrested and is believed to be in Israel.

    The indictment charges Weisz and Zigelman with one count of conspiracy to defraud the Internal Revenue Service and other crimes, 19 counts of mail fraud, one money laundering conspiracy count, 11 counts of international money laundering, and one count of operating an illegal money remitting business. Zigelman is also charged with two counts of aiding in the preparation of fraudulent income tax returns. Roth is charged in both conspiracy counts; several mail fraud counts; and several international money laundering counts. Kantor is charged in both of the conspiracy counts and several international money laundering counts. Zeivald, Lazar, Naiman, and Friedman are charged in the main conspiracy count and with operating an illegal money remitting business. Zeivald is also named in one mail fraud count. If convicted, all of the defendants face substantial federal prison sentences.

    In the money laundering conspiracy charge, five Spinka charitable organizations – Yeshiva Imrei Yosef, Yeshivath Spinka, Central Rabbinical Seminary, Machne Sva Rotzohn, and Mesivta Imrei Yosef Spinka, all based in Brooklyn – are named as defendants. These entities allegedly issued fraudulent receipts for bogus charitable contributions and were the beneficiaries of fees charged for transfers of funds as part of the money laundering conspiracy.

    An indictment contains allegations that a defendant has committed a crime. Every defendant is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.

    Weisz, Zigelman, Roth, Zeivald, Naiman and Friedman were all arrested in the Los Angeles area this morning and are scheduled to make their initial appearances in United States District Court this afternoon.

    Comment by shimon | January 2, 2008 | Reply

  4. The Spinka money trail — and the informant who brought them down
    By Amy Klein

    The first snow flutters hesitantly in Brooklyn. Men wearing fur streimel hats and women wearing sheitls walk briskly past the corner of 15th Avenue and 58th Street in Boro Park as if nothing extraordinary has happened here.

    And why not? The kosher shops of this self-contained ultra-Orthodox neighborhood — practically a city onto itself — are still a few blocks down, and here on this bleak corner, there are only three orange school buses parked in front of a four-story, dark-red brick building, which sits on a residential street, where tall, narrow houses nearly overlap. The structure is rather nondescript and unimposing — garbage bags are piled haphazardly by a front gate, bars protect the windows, young boys can be heard chanting from behind the locked door and a white sign with sky blue Hebrew lettering reads: “Yeshiva Imrei Yosef Spinka.”

    A buzzer sounds. The door opens. No one asks who rang the bell. Up the four steps, a reception window sits empty. Hazy yellow fluorescent lights illuminate the narrow hallways adorned with graying yellow paint and frayed industrial carpeting. If there are millions — or even thousands — of dollars going to the Spinka yeshiva, it certainly doesn’t seem like it’s coming here.

    This despite the fact that on Dec. 19, 2007, the U.S. Attorney General’s Office filed an indictment in the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California naming the Chasidic yeshiva and four other Spinka organizations, as well as eight people, in a multimillion dollar tax fraud and money-laundering ring that stretched from Brooklyn to Los Angeles to Israel and elsewhere.

    continued @

    http://www.jewishjournal.com/home/preview.php?id=18767

    Comment by Dennis Wilen | January 11, 2008 | Reply

  5. this is the ultimate in loshan horah web site. i am wondering what kind of heter you have for this outrageous site ?????????????????????????????????????????

    Comment by isaac | January 31, 2008 | Reply

  6. about the story.
    1) president bush said in one of his speaches that if he’ll increase the tax on the rich, they have enough money to pay for their accountants to avoid paying the taxes. So even the President knows that the rich are doing (legal) scandals.
    2) can evry one who is talking about DINA D’MALCHUTA DINA!! show me their 1040 tax form? so it can be reviewd to see that they are not avoiding taxes? [any one in the U.S. can be charged for mail fraud. just write I like you to someone you hate. Or false info. on a credit application and they have the evidence that it’s false. Then you wind up in court, for (mail fraud) using govt. for false pourposes.]
    3) I don’t say that the mosdos of spinka should have done this, but I know for a fact that R.K. ym”sh (moser – moiridin v’loi maalin) tried to pull in other mosdos hatorah in to his web to accommodate more korbons for the govt. to have all these problems that spinka has.
    4) al to’din es chavercho ad she’taggea lim’koimoi. Don’t judge your freind until your in his position.
    5)The night before the Rebbi was indicted R.K. made a fundraiser event for him just to show that he is INNOCENT AND HAS NOTHING WITH THE WHOLE STORY!
    YH”R, bifro’ach r’shoim k’moi esev va’yotzeetzee kol poialei oven, LE’HISHMDOM ADEI AD UMEIN KYH”R!!

    BEN

    Comment by nisht a spinker chusid | February 13, 2008 | Reply


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