New Jersey Corruption Sweep: Three Mayors, Rabbis, Others Arrested

July 23, 2009

(ChattahBox)—The specter of Tony Soprano and his crew of organized crime hoods, is haunting New Jersey. Early on Thursday morning 300 federal agents descended upon the garden state and arrested 44 public officials in a corruption probe, including three mayors and four rabbis.

The charges and scope of the corruption in New Jersey are shocking, which include human organ sales and money laundering.

Federal officials made the arrests as part of a ten-year investigation, referred to as “Operation Bid Rig.” The long investigation began to pick up pace in 2006, when federal agents placed an undercover informant posing as a real estate developer and an owner of a tile business, who bribed public officials to obtain public contracts.

The public officials stand accused of accepting bribes in return for awarding permits, contracts and prioritizing projects.

The 44 officials charged in the corruption probe, include Hoboken, New Jersey, Mayor Peter Cammarano, the mayors of nearby Secaucus and Ridgefield, various state assemblymen, housing, planning, zoning and other local officials.

Ed Kahrer, assistant special agent in charge of the FBI’s white-collar crime and public corruption program in New Jersey said, “New Jersey’s corruption problem is one of the worst, if not the worst, in the nation.”

The money-laundering rabbis laundered about $3 million for the undercover informant between June 2007 and July 2009, in a network that extended from New Jersey to Brooklyn and Israel.

The rabbis arrested were, Saul Kassin, rabbi of a synagogue in Brooklyn, Eliahu Ben Haim, rabbi of a synagogue in Deal, Edmund Nahum, rabbi of another synagogue in Deal and Mordchai Fish, a rabbi at a synagogue in Brooklyn.

Acting U.S. Attorney Ralph Marra said,” These complaints paint a disgraceful picture of religious leaders heading money laundering crews acting as crime bosses.” The rabbis are accused of using charities to launder the money.

Levy Izhak Rosenbaum of Brooklyn was arrested for selling black market kidneys for $160,000, after paying the donors $10,000.



2 Responses to “New Jersey Corruption Sweep: Three Mayors, Rabbis, Others Arrested”

  1. New Jersey Corruption Sweep: Three Mayors, Rabbis, Others Arrested on July 23rd, 2009 8:18 pm

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  2. Norman on July 25th, 2009 11:28 am

    Stop the Soprano thing already…it is a negative stereotype against Italians. Look at the big crooks this time! Time to clampdown on “religious” charities…too much room for money laundering and also supporting illegal settlement building against international law and U.S. foreign policy.

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