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Tuesday, January 7, 2014

2 More Arrested In Metropolitan Council On Jewish Poverty Scandal

Two more arrests were made in connection to an alleged multimillion-dollar charity kickback scheme.

NY Daily News reports that former Metropolitan Council on Jewish Poverty Executive Director David Cohen and Chief Financial Officer Herbert Friedman were arraigned Tuesday morning on charges of grand larceny, money laundering and conspiracy relating to the $7 million kickback scam connected to William Rapfogel’s charity.

Two other people were previously arrested in the alleged scheme, including former Met Council CEO William Rapfogel.

The felony complaint against Cohen, a rabbi, and Friedman says that the two told prosecutors “that in or around the early 1990s and continuing up until August 2013, they conspired with Rapfogel and others” to collect kickbacks on insurance payments.

The admissions indicate both men are cooperating with the investigation into Rapfogel.

Joseph Ross was also arrested last year. Court papers say Ross told prosecutors that Rapfogel was directed to use some of his share of kickback cash “to make contributions to campaigns of various politicians and to political organizations.”

Both Cohen and Friedman were released on their own recognizance after a brief court appearance.

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