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Brooklyn, NY - Report: Simultaneous FBI Raids At Yeshiva's May Be Targeting Multiple Frauds

Published on: March 25, 2016 02:45 PM
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Brooklyn, NY - As speculation continues to swirl regarding the recent widespread FBI raids in Ramapo, Kiryas Joel and Brooklyn, an employee at a Williamsburg yeshiva has said that the searches may encompass a wider scope than originally thought.

According to the Forward, the source said that officials in Williamsburg’s Central United Talmudical Academy have stated that FBI agents who visited their school on March 16th were looking for information on the National School Lunch Program, which provides free or reduced rate meals to low income students.

A spokesperson for the FBI told the Forward that the raids in Brooklyn were not connected to the raids in Ramapo and Kiryas Joel.

Spokespersons from the different divisions of the U.S. Attorney’s office that are carrying out the investigations and the New York City’s Department of Investigations all declined to comment on the raids.

The source said that investigators from the NSLP made an unannounced visit to Central UTA in Williamsburg two weeks prior to the FBI raids, prompting other area schools to be more careful with their NSLP spending over the last few weeks.

According to the Forward, the Satmar school system received $14.7 million in federal and state NSLP funds in 2011 and 2012, an amount that exceeded the allotment given to the Buffalo City School District by more than $2 million.

Satmar spokesperson Michael Tobman declined to comment on any aspects of the ongoing investigation.


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 Mar 25, 2016 at 02:54 PM Ina Says:

Private schooling is not viable. No one can afford it. These people are not crooks, just desperate! There has never been a better time to work on changing the laws.

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 Mar 25, 2016 at 04:18 PM Reb_Zalmy Says:

Reply to #1  
Ina Says:

Private schooling is not viable. No one can afford it. These people are not crooks, just desperate! There has never been a better time to work on changing the laws.

Is exactly this type of mentality that caused this HUGE chillul hashem in the first place.

"These people are not crooks..." you say. WRONG! They ARE crooks. Please show me in shulchan aruch where it permits stealing for the purposes of paying tuition (or giving tzedakah, or any mitzvah)? this is called a 'mitzvah haba ba'averiah.' it's 100% assur.

better a child should go to public school and learn 'yashrus' (honesty) from their parents than to go to yeshiva and learn krumkeit (dishonesty).

you want to try to 'change the laws' (whatever that means...), be my guest. that's still not a 'heter' to steal.

the irony is that many of us have convinced ourselves that going to the greatest lengths (including committing serious crimes) is necessary to pay for yeshivos, etc., so that our children will not be in public school and go 'off the derech' - however the reality is that so many yeshiva kids end up OTD exactly because of the fraud, dishonestly, hypocritical behavior that they see all around them.....

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 Mar 25, 2016 at 04:23 PM ModernLakewoodGuy Says:

It's about time! Looking forward to the mug shots of all the crooks.

Surely we all remember inspector day at yeshivah. It was great! Fresh fruits and vegetables, non spoiled milk, food that was actually identifiable. Sadly, it only lasted a day, and the next day we returned to our rotten milk and dried macaroni.

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 Mar 25, 2016 at 04:23 PM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #1  
Ina Says:

Private schooling is not viable. No one can afford it. These people are not crooks, just desperate! There has never been a better time to work on changing the laws.

Then send your kids to free public school, like I did.

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 Mar 25, 2016 at 04:38 PM qazxc Says:

Reply to #1  
Ina Says:

Private schooling is not viable. No one can afford it. These people are not crooks, just desperate! There has never been a better time to work on changing the laws.

Change the law in what way?

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 Mar 25, 2016 at 05:23 PM LionofZion Says:

#1, these people are crooks, a crook is someone who is crooked, and these people are as crooked as it gets.
As for your second point, there is a better time to work on changing the law - BEFORE the FBI raid.

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 Mar 25, 2016 at 05:27 PM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #1  
Ina Says:

Private schooling is not viable. No one can afford it. These people are not crooks, just desperate! There has never been a better time to work on changing the laws.

That's no excuse for violating the law. It shows lack of Bitachon.

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 Mar 25, 2016 at 06:00 PM Anonymous Says:

what's the Buffalo school district got to do with Central UTA? Do they feed as many children? The Forward l-o-v-e-s erliche yidden! Any shmutz they can print; doesn't have to make sense.

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 Mar 25, 2016 at 06:13 PM judith Says:

I'm curious to know if Haredi yeshivas could survive at all if all fraud were uncovered.

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 Mar 25, 2016 at 07:56 PM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #1  
Ina Says:

Private schooling is not viable. No one can afford it. These people are not crooks, just desperate! There has never been a better time to work on changing the laws.

No need to change the laws. Change the hasuds way of fraud.

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 Mar 26, 2016 at 05:54 AM Normal Says:

Anti-Semitic FBI harassing Jews again. Defrauding honest, hard working taxpayers out of millions of dollars is not a good enough excuse for the raids.

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 Mar 26, 2016 at 02:02 PM Admin in Israel Says:

My biggest problem with all this is not whether or not Satmar is guilty of fraud or whatever, or even how stupid they are to mess up. It's all the other Yeshivas & girls schools who think they are invincible and the mud won't splatter on them. Take your emergency funds, hire competent accountants & lawyers, and clean up your act! Even if you didn't deliberately or with knowledge do anything illegal, you can't be sure you won't be next. Stop thinking your hands are clean - I promise you, they aren't.

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 Mar 26, 2016 at 09:11 PM kenyaninwhitehouse Says:

I really hope someone ends up in jail not some useless probation but jail in a jumpsuit

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 Mar 26, 2016 at 09:25 PM UnOrthodox Says:

Not an excuse for Genayva. If they were eligible for money, that's fine, but doesn't allow for people to steal what isn't there's.

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 Mar 26, 2016 at 10:03 PM Normal Says:

Reply to #2  
Reb_Zalmy Says:

Is exactly this type of mentality that caused this HUGE chillul hashem in the first place.

"These people are not crooks..." you say. WRONG! They ARE crooks. Please show me in shulchan aruch where it permits stealing for the purposes of paying tuition (or giving tzedakah, or any mitzvah)? this is called a 'mitzvah haba ba'averiah.' it's 100% assur.

better a child should go to public school and learn 'yashrus' (honesty) from their parents than to go to yeshiva and learn krumkeit (dishonesty).

you want to try to 'change the laws' (whatever that means...), be my guest. that's still not a 'heter' to steal.

the irony is that many of us have convinced ourselves that going to the greatest lengths (including committing serious crimes) is necessary to pay for yeshivos, etc., so that our children will not be in public school and go 'off the derech' - however the reality is that so many yeshiva kids end up OTD exactly because of the fraud, dishonestly, hypocritical behavior that they see all around them.....

Excellently said. Yosher poach.

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 Mar 26, 2016 at 10:32 PM Liepa Says:

So many hateful people on a 'yiddishe' forum. Live and let live!

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 Mar 26, 2016 at 11:15 PM charliehall Says:

Why don't we wait to see how this investigation works out?

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 Mar 27, 2016 at 12:36 AM LebidikYankel Says:

I think there is another issue here: did the FBI know that this activity was going on all along but instead of preventing it in the first place preferred gaining a flashy scoop by arresting the perps after the fact?
This seems to be happening too often, I'm afraid.
I think the FBI ought to revert to its old mandate of stopping crime, not imprisoning criminals.
We have enough criminals imprisoned in America already - 2.4 million!!

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 Mar 27, 2016 at 07:06 AM nat101 Says:

The message is simple.
Vote Democrat and will stop harassing the Jews. Make no mistake about it. This is how our current government works.
In these dangerous times and with so many crimes in Washington, to have 300 FBI people on this, is not only a misalignment of justice, but is truly preposterous.

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 Mar 27, 2016 at 02:28 PM bubii Says:

Reply to #18  
LebidikYankel Says:

I think there is another issue here: did the FBI know that this activity was going on all along but instead of preventing it in the first place preferred gaining a flashy scoop by arresting the perps after the fact?
This seems to be happening too often, I'm afraid.
I think the FBI ought to revert to its old mandate of stopping crime, not imprisoning criminals.
We have enough criminals imprisoned in America already - 2.4 million!!

You think just like a criminal.you are beyond the pale you actually think the fbi knows what people are doing in private how anyone can be such a fool is beyond me,first in this country you have to have concrete prove of the crime and that takes alot of work that is what the fbi did when they raided the schools.

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