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  2/3/2012, Shevat 10, 5772

NY: 'Jewish Indiana Jones' Pleads Guilty to Fraud


A Jewish charity co-founder who claimed he traveled the world as a “Jewish Indiana Jones” to rescue Torah scrolls pleaded guilty to fraud charges Thursday, The Associated Press reported.

According to the report the man, Menachem Youlus, said he lied when he claimed he had personally obtained vintage Torah scrolls in Europe and Israel for six years. Youlus, who owns a Jewish bookstore in Maryland, entered the plea to mail and wire fraud charges in the U.S. District Court in Manhattan, the report said.

A plea deal with prosecutors called for Youlus to serve up to five years and three months in prison over the fraud he committed while attempting to raise funds for his charity, Save a Torah.