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Grand Prairie, TX - Man Accused of Posing as Rabbi to Scam Churchgoers [video]

Published on: June 1, 2009 01:45 PM
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Luis Lujan allegedly told churchgoers he was a rabbi trying to bring Jewish families from Russia to Jerusalem. Luis Lujan allegedly told churchgoers he was a rabbi trying to bring Jewish families from Russia to Jerusalem.

Grand Prairie, TX - A Grand Prairie woman says a man who claimed to be a rabbi bilked her and other members of her church out of money.

Luis Lujan claimed he was a man of God raising money for a good cause, one victim says.

Cynthia Silva brought Luis Lujan into her home and game him hundreds of dollars for what she thought was a good cause.

“He’s taking advantage of Hispanics, Christian people and people with good hearts,” Silva said.

Lujan told her his name was Gabriel Rosenburg, claiming he was a rabbi who was trying to bring Jewish families from Russia to Jerusalem.

Silva said she didn’t hesitate to offer help.

“Me and my family want to bring a family from Russia back to Israel. And so I said, ‘I really feel like I need to do this,’” she said.

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She and her family gave Lujan $650.

Silva even took him to her father’s church in South Texas so he could solicit more donations. He left with about $3,000, she said.

Lujan told her he would be preaching at another church—but she got a different story from the church.

“They said, ‘We don’t know who this Gabriel Rosenburg is. We don’t know anything about him; he has nothing to do with us,’” Silva said.

Now suspicious about the man who called himself a rabbi, Silva checked out his license plate. She learned that the man she knew as Gabriel Rosenburg was really Luis Lujan.

“It’s always a good idea to contact the police department, because when people are out taking money from people like that… that same person might also be involved in other criminal activities,” said Sgt. Randy Isbell, of the Grand Prairie police department.

Police say if you give money to someone without expecting a service or product in return, it could be considered a civil matter. But if it has happened to several other people, it could be a criminal case.

Several members of the South Texas church Lujan visited filed police reports there.


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 Jun 01, 2009 at 01:14 PM Anonymous Says:

Wow. If a person who looks like him even stepped foot into my community's main shul, he'd be tossed out like a burrito wrapper.

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 Jun 01, 2009 at 01:21 PM Shlomo Says:

That's why he's going to Churches and avoiding Synagogues. He doesn't want to feel like a Burrito Wrapper.

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 Jun 01, 2009 at 02:10 PM liepa Says:

Must be tough times !

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 Jun 01, 2009 at 01:47 PM Anonymous Says:

Last week we had a woman posing as a rabbi, now we have a man posing for one.

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 Jun 01, 2009 at 01:45 PM chosid Says:

On a side note, we know the halacha is that if a goy gives tzedakah to a yid we take it from him and distribute it to aniye hagoyim.

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 Jun 01, 2009 at 02:33 PM Anonymous Says:

Plenty of guys around here posing as "Rabbis" and scamming as well!

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 Jun 01, 2009 at 03:27 PM YANKEL Says:

He doesn't look like a Rosenburg or a rabbi.

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 Jun 01, 2009 at 03:44 PM Anonymous Says:

I feel bad for the people who were cheated, but dude.... that guy does not look anything like any rabbi I've ever seen.

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 Jun 01, 2009 at 04:30 PM Milhouse Says:

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Anonymous Says:

I feel bad for the people who were cheated, but dude.... that guy does not look anything like any rabbi I've ever seen.

How many rabbis do you think they've seen? And if you put him in a suit and a nice knitted kippah, or if he grew a beard and wore a black yarmulke, would you know he wasn't a rabbi? Do you think there are no rabbis with faces like that?

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 Jun 01, 2009 at 07:15 PM Anonymous Says:

they propably thought he was a conservative or reform rabbi- many dress that way

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 Jun 01, 2009 at 11:10 PM Milhouse Says:

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Anonymous Says:

they propably thought he was a conservative or reform rabbi- many dress that way

They probably thought nothing of the kind, because they've probably never heard of those movements. They probably have no idea what a rabbi is supposed to look like.

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 Jun 02, 2009 at 08:32 AM Avrohom Abba Says:

If he is Jewish, this is a big chillul Hashem. In the eyes of those who were triucked, Louis is not a thief, he is a Jew thief.

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