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Tue Jul 14, 2020, 09:07 PM

Chabad of Poway's Wounded Rabbi Pleads Guilty to Years of Tax, Wire Fraud

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Source: Times of San Diego

Rabbi Yisroel Goldstein, the Chabad of Poway leader wounded during an attack last year on his synagogue, pleaded guilty Tuesday in U.S. District Court to federal tax and wire fraud charges and could face a maximum five-year prison term.

But federal prosecutors have recommended only probation for Goldstein, whose congregation and parent organization have known about the investigation for months but kept it under wraps.

Goldstein was shot in the finger during the attack that left worshiper Lori Gilbert Kaye dead.

“The government will make a recommendation that he not spend time in custody,” lead prosecutor Emily Allen told a press conference. Sentencing is set Oct. 19 before downtown federal Judge Cynthia Bashant.

Allen — who also helped prosecute resigned Rep. Duncan D. Hunter — said Goldstein’s work to bring people together in the aftermath of the shooting counted toward the sentencing recommendation. He also contributed with the investigation that led to five men pleading guilty.

Read more: https://timesofsandiego.com/crime/2020/07/14/chabad-of-poways-wounded-rabbi-pleads-guilty-to-years-of-tax-wire-fraud/

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Reply Chabad of Poway's Wounded Rabbi Pleads Guilty to Years of Tax, Wire Fraud (Original post)
Zorro Jul 14 OP
BigmanPigman Jul 14 #1
marble falls Jul 14 #2
dawn frenzy adams Jul 14 #3
pnwmom Jul 14 #4
Marcuse Jul 14 #5
Omaha Steve Jul 15 #6

Response to Zorro (Original post)

Tue Jul 14, 2020, 09:30 PM

1. Took $6 million, will pay back $2.5...lock him up!

"Goldstein pleaded guilty to a scheme involving misuse of more than $6 million in synagogue donations for his and others’ personal financial gain, standing at the “epicenter” of many frauds, prosecutors said.

He agreed to pay restitution of perhaps $2.5 million — most of that to the IRS."

"Prosecutors said that rather than using the purported donations for charitable purposes, the rabbi would secretly funnel approximately 90% of the funds back to the purported donors, with Goldstein keeping about 10% of the money."
"The purported donors would falsely claim to the IRS that 100% of their payments to the Chabad were tax-deductible charitable contributions, thereby reducing their personal income tax obligations, without disclosing Defendant’s kickback of the payments.”
"Beginning around early 2010 and continuing through October 2018, Goldstein engaged in a conspiracy with several unnamed individuals to “fraudulently obtain hundreds of thousands of dollars for the co-conspirators’ personal use and benefit by using false information and fabricated records to pretend to be eligible for tax deductions, emergency funds, grants or donations and private loans,” the government says."

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Response to BigmanPigman (Reply #1)

Tue Jul 14, 2020, 09:34 PM

2. Got to agree.

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Response to Zorro (Original post)

Tue Jul 14, 2020, 10:09 PM

3. Yep!

LOCK HIM UP!

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Response to Zorro (Original post)

Tue Jul 14, 2020, 11:11 PM

4. The Rabbi got a special meeting with Trump. And now he's getting a sweetheart deal.

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Response to pnwmom (Reply #4)

Tue Jul 14, 2020, 11:23 PM

5. $500 for a photo of a haggard Ivanka? No thanks.

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Wed Jul 15, 2020, 07:28 AM

6. After a review by forum hosts....LOCKING

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