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Sunday, August 18, 2013

Ofer Biton, associate of Rep. Grimm, pleads guilty

NEW YORK — A former campaign fundraiser for U.S. Rep Michael Grimm has pleaded guilty in New York to an immigration fraud charge.
Israeli businessman Ofer Biton pleaded guilty in federal court in Brooklyn Friday to lying about his finances when he applied in 2010 for a special visa available to foreigners who invest $500,000 or more in a U.S. business.

A plea agreement calls for Biton to be sentenced to three years of probation.
A lawyer for Biton had no comment.

The businessman was arrested last year amid an FBI investigation into money donated to Grimm's campaign by followers of an Israeli rabbi, Yoshiyahu Yosef Pinto.
A spokeswoman for Grimm said the congressman had no knowledge of any improper donations or any other illegal activity involving Biton.

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