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Jerusalem - American Who Fled To Israel Linked to Massive U.S. Tax Fraud

Published on: August 3, 2009 08:21 AM
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Jerusalem - Israel’s National Fraud Unit Monday morning arrested seven Israelis and Americans on suspicion of a large-scale scam against U.S. tax authorities, local daily the Jerusalem Post reported.

  According to an initial probe, 62-year-old Jerusalem resident Marvin Berkowitz, who holds both Israeli and American citizenships, and other Israeli suspects are alleged to have masterminded a scheme whereby they fraudulently obtained tax refunds totaling tens of millions of dollars which were then transferred to various bank accounts in Israel.

Yediot Ahronot is reporting  that the investigation, dubbed “American Pie” began several months ago, when the federal authorities asked Israel to probe the case. The probe revealed that American Jew Mr. Berkowitz fled to the US for Israel several years ago after his involvement in various fraud felonies.

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  Meanwhile, local daily Ha’aretz reported  that a hearing is scheduled for Monday afternoon in the Tel Aviv Magistrate’s Court, where the suspects will be arraigned.

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  The affair follows a similar case last month in which 11 Israelis were arrested for allegedly swindling elderly Americans out of more than 25 million dollars in a telemarketing sting, said Ha’aretz, adding that prosecutors sought court approval to extradite the 11 people who are wanted in the United States.


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 Aug 03, 2009 at 07:41 AM bingo Says:

As if we didn't get enough negative publicity, there's some icing on the cake.

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 Aug 03, 2009 at 09:12 AM PMO Says:

If we can't figure out by now that H" is telling us something.... we're just not listening.

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 Aug 03, 2009 at 09:31 AM AuthenticSatmar Says:

This case should tell all the judges setting bail for jewish people, that there is no flight risk, as Israel will cooperate with US authorities.
What happened to the good old days when Israel would never turn over a jew!

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 Aug 03, 2009 at 09:27 AM Chgolaw Says:

This is not new....happened about five years ago when he fled and he left three young married guys to take the fall. He left to Israel then and everybody knew where he was but the Feds. Israel has new law that it will extradict Jews back to the US for all crimes, but tax fraud. Nor is this the first time with this guy as he did it before and went to prison for five years.

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 Aug 03, 2009 at 09:43 AM Anonymous Says:

So why higher bail for jews cause flight risk to israel? They get arrested anyway?

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 Aug 03, 2009 at 09:45 AM sick of israeli scamers Says:

all the shady money changers in israel who are up to no good , ; the FBI is comin for you!!!!

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 Aug 03, 2009 at 09:52 AM formally Says:

Reply to #3  
AuthenticSatmar Says:

This case should tell all the judges setting bail for jewish people, that there is no flight risk, as Israel will cooperate with US authorities.
What happened to the good old days when Israel would never turn over a jew!

to many crooks took advantage.

Israel did not extradite to protect Jews from persecution. It was not meant to protect crooks swindlers and child molesters.

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 Aug 03, 2009 at 09:49 AM Anonymous Says:

AuthenticSatmar Asks
What happened to the good old days when Israel would never turn over a jew!.

Answer; The country was inundated with ganavim.murderers and all other forms of criminasl form abroad. She got sick and tired of being the dumping ground for all the Jewish miscreants running away from justice.









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 Aug 03, 2009 at 10:06 AM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #3  
AuthenticSatmar Says:

This case should tell all the judges setting bail for jewish people, that there is no flight risk, as Israel will cooperate with US authorities.
What happened to the good old days when Israel would never turn over a jew!

what happened to the good old days when people were generally more honest then today?

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 Aug 03, 2009 at 10:31 AM Steven Says:

Reply to #3  
AuthenticSatmar Says:

This case should tell all the judges setting bail for jewish people, that there is no flight risk, as Israel will cooperate with US authorities.
What happened to the good old days when Israel would never turn over a jew!

PLEASE tell me you are not that ignorant nor immoral nor arrogant to think it's okay for a "JEW" to act this way, then RUN to Israel and count on Israel not extraditing them?

What you said is a pure and simple Chillul Hashem. A yid that acts this way not only affects his victims, he affects ALL of Klal Yisrael. I applaud Israel for acting quickly and not delaying on matters like this.

Your attitude makes you as much an accomplice as their cohorts.

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 Aug 03, 2009 at 10:25 AM Anonymous Says:

According to more recent reports, all of these ganovim will be on flights back to the U.S. within several weeks, compared to the months or years that it used to take. Kol hakovod to the judicial and police authorities in EY for expediting the return of these crooks to stand trial in the U.S.

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 Aug 03, 2009 at 04:23 PM formally Says:

Reply to #4  
Chgolaw Says:

This is not new....happened about five years ago when he fled and he left three young married guys to take the fall. He left to Israel then and everybody knew where he was but the Feds. Israel has new law that it will extradict Jews back to the US for all crimes, but tax fraud. Nor is this the first time with this guy as he did it before and went to prison for five years.

The Israeli authorities gave no further information about Mr. Berkowitz. But reports in the Chicago Tribune in 1989 and 2003 told of a Rabbi Marvin Berkowitz of Chicago, born the same month and year as the man identified on Monday, who was believed to have fled to Israel after being convicted of stealing confidential documents to be used as evidence in a federal tax fraud case and sentenced to serve more than five years in a federal prison. He was also one of six people indicted on charges of obtaining more than $2 million by filing fraudulent tax returns mostly in the names of deceased people. The case emerging in Israel was the result of a monthslong undercover investigation by the Israeli national fraud unit in conjunction with United States authorities, the Israeli police said in a statement on Monday. The operation was called American Pie.

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 Aug 03, 2009 at 06:21 PM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #3  
AuthenticSatmar Says:

This case should tell all the judges setting bail for jewish people, that there is no flight risk, as Israel will cooperate with US authorities.
What happened to the good old days when Israel would never turn over a jew!

Went out the window with Eddie Antar (CRAZY EDDIE).

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 Aug 03, 2009 at 06:28 PM REALIST Says:

Reply to #3  
AuthenticSatmar Says:

This case should tell all the judges setting bail for jewish people, that there is no flight risk, as Israel will cooperate with US authorities.
What happened to the good old days when Israel would never turn over a jew!

The US & Israel signed an extradition treaty approximately 30 plus years ago.
It's not a blanket agreement if I remember correctly. It's only for certain crimes. Not all monetary crimes are included. Hence some con-artists (such as Crazy Eddie) were returned and others wouldn't have to be.

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 Aug 24, 2009 at 10:04 AM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #3  
AuthenticSatmar Says:

This case should tell all the judges setting bail for jewish people, that there is no flight risk, as Israel will cooperate with US authorities.
What happened to the good old days when Israel would never turn over a jew!

Israel is going to be turning over a zionist. There's a difference, eh?

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 Feb 05, 2010 at 09:40 AM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #3  
AuthenticSatmar Says:

This case should tell all the judges setting bail for jewish people, that there is no flight risk, as Israel will cooperate with US authorities.
What happened to the good old days when Israel would never turn over a jew!

They didn't until he committed crimes in Israel and use the israel to aid and abet his committing criimes in USA.

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