Thursday, June 2, 2011

Rabbi Guilty of Sending Charity Money to Israel; Saul Kassin Nabbed in NJ's Worst Corruption Bust

The Jewish Week website reports today (June 2, 2011) that Rabbi Saul Kassin -- a spiritual leader of the Syrian Jewish community in America -- was sentenced to two years of probation for illegally sending money to Israel through a charity he operated.

Kassin's sentencing yesterday culminated a legal saga that dates back to the summer of 2009, when more than 46 individuals -- including Kassin, the chief rabbi of Congregation Shaare Zion in Brooklyn; two rabbis from the Syrian Jewish enclave of Deal, NJ; and a string of high-ranking elected officials and civil servants -- were brought down in a federal sting.

Citing the rabbi's age, U.S. District Judge Joel Pisano did not give jail time to Kassin, 89, although he fined him $36,750.

The sum is in addition to the nearly $370,000 Kassin agreed to give up when he was nabbed in the sting -- the largest-ever corruption bust in New Jersey history.

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