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NJ Rabbi Sentenced to Five Years for Corruption

New Jersey rabbi given a five-year prison sentence after admitting to corruption.
By Elad Benari
First Publish: 1/5/2012, 6:15 AM

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Money (illustration)
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A New Jersey rabbi who pleaded guilty in the state’s largest corruption case has been sentenced to a five-year prison term, The Associated Press reported on Wednesday.

According to the report, Rabbi Eliahu Ben Haim last year admitted to using his network of religious charities to conceal more than $1 million in illegal proceeds for a government informant.

The 60-year-old Long Branch resident is the former leader of the synagogue Congregation Ohel Yaacob in Deal, located 50 miles south of New York City. He was one of 46 defendants who were arrested and charged in 2009 with bribery or money laundering.

AP reported that another defendant, Akiva Arye Weiss, was sentenced Wednesday in the federal court in Trenton. Weiss was given five years’ probation after pleading guilty to running an illegal money transfer business prosecutors say operated as a “cash house.”

The judge said Weiss, a 57-year-old Brooklyn resident, must serve his probation in a mental health facility.