Brooklyn Hasidim Busted For Laundering Millions in Drug Money
Three Hasidic Jews from Brooklyn charged Wednesday with participating in an international conspiracy to launder millions in drug money through local check cashing businesses.
Assistant U.S. Attorney Daniel Tehrani said that conspiracy touched cities in England, the U.S. and Israel and resulted in law enforcement seizures of more than $2.3 million in narcotics proceeds.
Tehrani said that acting on orders from two co-conspirators in Israel, Samuel Ashkenazi, 43, picked up hundreds of thousands of dollars in Boston and Hartford and brought it to The Money Spot, a Brooklyn check cashing business run by Samuel Goldberger, 34.
In March, according to court papers, Samuel Blau, 50, arranged with Ashkenazi to pick up another $300,000 from a Manhattan apartment.
Federal Magistrate Andrew Peck released Goldberger and Blau on substantial bail bonds providing they remain confined with electronic bracelets to their homes except for religious services or visits with lawyers and doctors. Ashkenazi cannot leave his home.