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Published on: February 3, 2010 09:03 AM
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Mortgage scam defendant Eliyahu Ezagui outside Brooklyn Federal Court on TuesdayMortgage scam defendant Eliyahu Ezagui outside Brooklyn Federal Court on Tuesday

Crown Heights, NY - A developer accused of fleecing dozens of Hasidic families in a massive subprime mortgage fraud scheme took cover behind a divine defense on Tuesday.

Eliyahu Ezagui’s lawyer told jurors his client received “a blessing” from the late Rabbi Menachem Schneerson to build affordable housing for the Lubavitcher community in Crown Heights.

“It was a mitzvah to him, a Hebrew word that means a good deed and an obligation,” defense lawyer Susan Necheles said in her opening statement in Brooklyn Federal Court.

Schneerson is considered by some followers to be their Messiah, and thousands of Hasidim from all over still make a pilgrimage to his grave site 15 years after his death.

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Assistant U.S. Attorney William Schaeffer said Ezagui was nothing but a crook who scammed $2.6 million from condominium buyers and more than $10 million from banks, (as was reported here on VIN News).

“Family after family who trusted the defendant are fighting against foreclosure of the homes they bought from him,” Schaeffer told the jury.

Prosecutors built a criminal case against Ezagui after the Daily News revealed in 2008 how he allegedly conned buyers into purchasing condos, then refused to hand over the deeds when the construction was completed.

Instead, Ezagui allegedly gave the deeds to family members - including his wife, father and mother - who applied for mortgages on condos the victims thought they owned.

Although Ezagui had the grand rebbe’s blessing, he needed cash to build and that’s where the investors came in, Necheles argued.

She said the so-called victims are sore losers trying to use the criminal justice system to recoup their investment losses.

The government’s first witness appeared confused by the contracts and promissory notes.

“I thought Ezagui was a good man and I still think he’s a good man, but I trusted that whatever I signed was not going to hurt me,” said Tova Eilenberg, who bought two apartments at 770 Lefferts Ave.



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 Feb 03, 2010 at 09:13 AM Misnaged Says:

before all the chachomin jump - lets wait till the whole thing plays out... and there is a verdict.

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 Feb 03, 2010 at 09:17 AM Anonymous Says:

It is a bizayon to use the Rebbe's name as if he endorsed the dishonesty and fraud he committed. This scoundrel should suffer all of the consequences he earned in his grandiosity. Leave the Rebbe out of it. The Ezagui guy is a crook, had many victims, refused Beis Din countless times, and no intervention by outsiders was able to help provide the deeds that were paid for in full. A plain ganev. At least the criminal justice system will finally have its way. May Klal Yisroel never be punished with the ilks of this crook.

3

 Feb 03, 2010 at 09:34 AM Anonymous Says:

If The rebeh was The Mesiah why didnt he see Thru This Crook?

4

 Feb 03, 2010 at 09:36 AM Expatriate Owl Says:

Ezagui will be released from prison when Moshiach comes.

5

 Feb 03, 2010 at 09:40 AM Anonymous Says:

To #2 yes he might of refused to go to a beis din with the father of one of the buyers as Rav. These people lived in the apartments for years without paying anything

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 Feb 03, 2010 at 09:43 AM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #3  
Anonymous Says:

If The rebeh was The Mesiah why didnt he see Thru This Crook?

Rebbe was & IS still .......:-)

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 Feb 03, 2010 at 09:50 AM Anonymous Says:

Hey Eliyahu Ezagui- The rebbi told me that you need to give $1,000,000 in unmarked bills. Please send ASAP.
Thanks-

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 Feb 03, 2010 at 09:55 AM PhoenixGuy Says:

the messiah stuff is a bunch of crock...that said to use the "brocho" which I believe he DID really get from the Rebbe is such a low defense it boggles the mind! Does that mean the Rebbe permitted this stupid scheme? No he did not!

Nice going Ezagui - just with that they sud lock you up and throw away the key. No excuse - many got brochos including me - and many of YOUR former friends - that doesn't mean you can mess with people this way - their money, their homes yada yada

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 Feb 03, 2010 at 09:59 AM Anonymous Says:

While many misnagdim and other chassidus have many "issues" witht the rebbe and some of this moishiachist meshugas, very few of us believe he would have been a party to such a fraud and chillul hashem. No one would have taken his br'acha seriously anyway as a "license" to engage in this kind of fraud.

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 Feb 03, 2010 at 10:02 AM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #3  
Anonymous Says:

If The rebeh was The Mesiah why didnt he see Thru This Crook?

Same thing with Bar Koch'ba and Rebbe Akiva, must be that the Rebbe is not moshiach, ( if u need more convincing arguments than the fact that he's dead)

11

 Feb 03, 2010 at 10:03 AM Joseph Says:

770 Lefferts Ave... 770 people!

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 Feb 03, 2010 at 10:04 AM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #4  
Expatriate Owl Says:

Ezagui will be released from prison when Moshiach comes.

“ Ezagui will be released from prison when Moshiach comes.”
Well, if he is such a great talmid of the rebbe, than he should walk out of the jail as a free man since according to most lubavitch (especially in Australia) moishiach is already here and has previously given this ehrlich yid a bracha for his venture

13

 Feb 03, 2010 at 10:11 AM Ivy and Michael Says:

that's right....it was the rebbe who made us do it.

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 Feb 03, 2010 at 10:14 AM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #6  
Anonymous Says:

Rebbe was & IS still .......:-)

So I guess you will not be fasting on Tisha B'av and will instead will be going to a Lipa concert and having a big su'ada mitzvah instead of reading a'cha.

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 Feb 03, 2010 at 10:18 AM Reb Shlomo In Boca Raton, Florida Says:

I was his first tenet in 1989-1991 at Eli Ezagui's first condo at 1227 President.
His "Deal" was my monthly rent of $1,400 would be credited for future 24 months. Thus $1,400 multiplied by 24 months which equals $33,600. Would be be my downpayment toward my mortgage. I would also benefit on discount of sale price toward four bedroom condo at bargain sale price of $180,000. Due to the fact that other condos was still in midst of construction. The fair market value was $250,000. It was my fault "Deal" was not completed due to my inability to continue
paying monthly rent of $1,400 near the completion of second year.
Once during argument of rent payment. On our porch, off dining room, facing the outside of front building. Eli pulled out a pistol /gun and threatened me. I told him, "Either pull the trigger or pocket it."
In my opinion HE BROKE THE LAW by trying to obtain mortgages through banks. Its a shame and open chillul hashem by exposing yidden of crown heights who were on section eight and food stamps.
[ to be continued ]

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 Feb 03, 2010 at 10:29 AM Reb Shlomo In Boca Raton Florida Says:

Eli Ezagui was harsh, hard and arrogant. As in our past years David Schick of Flatbush who embezzeled penshion funds from teachers well-known & local yeshivoths. In our present time, Chaim Dweck of New Jersey with his ponzie schemes of high returns on his so-called investments.
People gave their hard earned cash toward purchases of condos. Eli's so-called
plan to save them real estate taxes thus he held on to their DEEDS even though they paid-in-full.
Greed on both parties. Alot of blame to spread around. How unfortunate.

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 Feb 03, 2010 at 10:24 AM Anonymous Says:

This is unbelievable BS. Sorry. Ezagui was a developer and the Rebbe encouraged developers to build/renovate/rejuvenate Crown Heights.

Ezagui made the mistake of over investing on his properties when he did not have the right to do so, but people paid bobkes on his properties.

To invoke the Rebbe here is beyond a disgrace, it is ridiculous. Imagine, if the Rebbe encourages people to get married -does that mean he gives a blessing if the person decides to abuse the blessing by abusing his wife?????

People have free choice. The Rebbe gave many a bracha to develop Crown Heights, and today, Crown Heights is a beautiful, thriving neighborhood, a miracle in of itself. In the 1970's it was a shadow of what it is today. The Rebbe wanted a beautiful neighborhood that would stay Jewish, not like the many formally beautiful Jewish neighborhoods that are slums today. That was what the blessing was for - to beautify and build Crown Heights....

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 Feb 03, 2010 at 10:28 AM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #5  
Anonymous Says:

To #2 yes he might of refused to go to a beis din with the father of one of the buyers as Rav. These people lived in the apartments for years without paying anything

Even if he ripped off the son of one of the rabbis on the Beis Din, did he ask for a different Beis Din or Zabl"a? That excuse wears thin very fast. Also, he went to the Beis Din with the rabbi being the father of one of the buyers twice--he signed the shtar berurin each time, agreeing to proceed in that Beis Din. Twice they ruled agianst him. After that he refused to do what the Beis Din had ruled, and he refused to go any more to Beis Din.

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 Feb 03, 2010 at 10:29 AM Chusid Shotah Says:

Folks, how many times do you need to be convinced that one who uses religion to perform misdeeds, abuse, violence, thievery... etc is a bigger sinner than others and will be punished much more? When will jews learn that alot of rabbis (33 concert ban fools) , and others are fake and full of crock? This religion is a scam a joke. Do not be fooled by these 'religious' zealots who are nothing more than snake oil salesmen!

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 Feb 03, 2010 at 10:45 AM ChelmiTe Says:

Does anyone even think the Rebee could or would endorse cheating! How dare anyone even think it is a possibliity. Trying to use this as a defense makes one understand what a Drei Kup
the scamer must be. Is there no limit to Chutzpah. SHAME SHAME
There certainly is no honor among a theif!

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 Feb 03, 2010 at 10:45 AM Richard Nixon Says:

I should have tried that defense. 'Yes, I am a crook but The Rebbe told me to do it'.

I might still be president!

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 Feb 03, 2010 at 10:47 AM Richard Nixon Says:

Reply to #6  
Anonymous Says:

Rebbe was & IS still .......:-)

Oh no! Here we go agan!

23

 Feb 03, 2010 at 10:51 AM antimesira Says:

here we go again...
Blame it on the Rebbe.

Somebody should come out with a book called "blame it on the Rebbe".
a guide on how to blame all your faults on the holy Lubavitcer Rebbe.

What did the Rebbe do to deserve this?

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 Feb 03, 2010 at 10:51 AM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #19  
Chusid Shotah Says:

Folks, how many times do you need to be convinced that one who uses religion to perform misdeeds, abuse, violence, thievery... etc is a bigger sinner than others and will be punished much more? When will jews learn that alot of rabbis (33 concert ban fools) , and others are fake and full of crock? This religion is a scam a joke. Do not be fooled by these 'religious' zealots who are nothing more than snake oil salesmen!

Your comments are inappropriate. Not all frumme yidden are zealots or snake oil salesmen as you suggest. I am MO but I know many chareidi chassidim who are honest and legitimate businessmen. Don't let the Ezaguis and Dweks tarnish the image of many otherwise honest yiddin.

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 Feb 03, 2010 at 10:53 AM ChelmiTe Says:

Reply to #12  
Anonymous Says:

“ Ezagui will be released from prison when Moshiach comes.”
Well, if he is such a great talmid of the rebbe, than he should walk out of the jail as a free man since according to most lubavitch (especially in Australia) moishiach is already here and has previously given this ehrlich yid a bracha for his venture

It is not clever or cute to poke fun at a Gadol. Perhaps you never read the story about the Satmer Rebee visiting the Lubavitur Rebee when he was sitting Shiva. It was an exquisite example of
how we should try to behave. You might be surprised to see these two Rebees together at the head when Moschiach is revealed.
Just wait and see.
Modern Orthodox Chelmite.

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 Feb 03, 2010 at 10:58 AM samklein30 Says:

Moshiach is decided by hashem. There are no elections to vote who is moshiach. moshiach could eb a misnagid. whoever moshiach is, can't wait to greet him.

27

 Feb 03, 2010 at 11:15 AM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #4  
Expatriate Owl Says:

Ezagui will be released from prison when Moshiach comes.

lol, git gezuckt

28

 Feb 03, 2010 at 11:20 AM Chaya Says:

When he says the "REBBI" its like using a “code,” what he means is that the rebbi knew what he is doing actively, ..... I consider this a disgrace to the rebbi and all Judaism. ...The rebbi melech hamoshiach would never had allowed this.
The Rebbe, Melech HaMoshiach went out of his way to protect his chassidim and shield the people from getting harmed. How could Eliyahu Ezagui use the rebbi in such a manner? I have more then a few stories of how I had merited to see the Rebbe, shlita, Melech Hamashiach, with my plain eyes of flesh I saw zidkus and chassidus the rebbi was holy is holy and its a disgrace to pull the rebbi into this mess

29

 Feb 03, 2010 at 11:22 AM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #23  
antimesira Says:

here we go again...
Blame it on the Rebbe.

Somebody should come out with a book called "blame it on the Rebbe".
a guide on how to blame all your faults on the holy Lubavitcer Rebbe.

What did the Rebbe do to deserve this?

and all the other rebbis geting aressted that better

30

 Feb 03, 2010 at 11:23 AM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #19  
Chusid Shotah Says:

Folks, how many times do you need to be convinced that one who uses religion to perform misdeeds, abuse, violence, thievery... etc is a bigger sinner than others and will be punished much more? When will jews learn that alot of rabbis (33 concert ban fools) , and others are fake and full of crock? This religion is a scam a joke. Do not be fooled by these 'religious' zealots who are nothing more than snake oil salesmen!

You're right about people using religion to perform misdees; we see it in our jails, everbody is converting to Islam/Muslim to show how honest they are, "Yeah Right!!!".

31

 Feb 03, 2010 at 11:27 AM Anonymous Says:

HaShem Yirachem. May we all be protected from incompetents and shlemiels. No one wants to be the shlemazel.

32

 Feb 03, 2010 at 11:31 AM Mendy Says:

Exactly when did he get this endorsement from the Rebbe??
We're approaching his 16th yartzeit.

33

 Feb 03, 2010 at 11:33 AM Charlie Hall Says:

Reply to #3  
Anonymous Says:

If The rebeh was The Mesiah why didnt he see Thru This Crook?

Perhaps he is lying about his relationship with the Rebbe?

34

 Feb 03, 2010 at 11:34 AM sam Says:

Reply to #26  
samklein30 Says:

Moshiach is decided by hashem. There are no elections to vote who is moshiach. moshiach could eb a misnagid. whoever moshiach is, can't wait to greet him.

theres a famous "saying" amongst chasidim- it goes a little something like this...moshiach can't be a chosid, becaus the misnagdim won't follow him so it must be a misnaged because the chasidim will also surely follow him...nimshal is, is that chasidism dont care who moshiach is, as long as he comes now! the misnagdim on the other hand "taineh" that "ahh, we've been in golus for 3,000+ years now, whats another 230 (shnas sheish elef) " vhamayvin yovin..moshiach now!

35

 Feb 03, 2010 at 11:41 AM jancsi Says:

Reply to #26  
samklein30 Says:

Moshiach is decided by hashem. There are no elections to vote who is moshiach. moshiach could eb a misnagid. whoever moshiach is, can't wait to greet him.

is there no limit to stupidity all this mindless talk about moshiach just makes me think how dummn grownups can be dummer then children hopeless dupes

36

 Feb 03, 2010 at 11:42 AM Milhouse Says:

Reply to #5  
Anonymous Says:

To #2 yes he might of refused to go to a beis din with the father of one of the buyers as Rav. These people lived in the apartments for years without paying anything

Liar. They paid before the apartments were even built. That's why they got a discount. But he never gave them the deeds.

37

 Feb 03, 2010 at 11:43 AM Milhouse Says:

Reply to #12  
Anonymous Says:

“ Ezagui will be released from prison when Moshiach comes.”
Well, if he is such a great talmid of the rebbe, than he should walk out of the jail as a free man since according to most lubavitch (especially in Australia) moishiach is already here and has previously given this ehrlich yid a bracha for his venture

Australia? What has Australia got to do with anything? What makes you think most Lubavs in Australia believe such a thing? Are you on drugs?

38

 Feb 03, 2010 at 11:47 AM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #15  
Reb Shlomo In Boca Raton, Florida Says:

I was his first tenet in 1989-1991 at Eli Ezagui's first condo at 1227 President.
His "Deal" was my monthly rent of $1,400 would be credited for future 24 months. Thus $1,400 multiplied by 24 months which equals $33,600. Would be be my downpayment toward my mortgage. I would also benefit on discount of sale price toward four bedroom condo at bargain sale price of $180,000. Due to the fact that other condos was still in midst of construction. The fair market value was $250,000. It was my fault "Deal" was not completed due to my inability to continue
paying monthly rent of $1,400 near the completion of second year.
Once during argument of rent payment. On our porch, off dining room, facing the outside of front building. Eli pulled out a pistol /gun and threatened me. I told him, "Either pull the trigger or pocket it."
In my opinion HE BROKE THE LAW by trying to obtain mortgages through banks. Its a shame and open chillul hashem by exposing yidden of crown heights who were on section eight and food stamps.
[ to be continued ]

Wow look how some of you rip people apart. When you invest, that is considered a gamble... you take the good, you take the bad, you take them both, and there you have, the facts of Chassidim, the facts of Chassidim.

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 Feb 03, 2010 at 11:50 AM wikipedia.org Says:

The journalist that wrote this report know nothing about chabad, and probably went to wikipedia to look up who the rebbe is... notice ezagui never said the rebbe is the messia. he just said the rebbe gave him a blessing... the whole deal has nothing to do with messia, just an ignorant journalist.

40

 Feb 03, 2010 at 12:00 PM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #37  
Milhouse Says:

Australia? What has Australia got to do with anything? What makes you think most Lubavs in Australia believe such a thing? Are you on drugs?

You probably missed a story here on VIN about some of the leading lubavitch chassidim in Australia being put in Cherem (or whatever the correct term may be for not being included in minyanim etc) for having a big celebration on asarah b'teves because they hold that the rebbe has returned as moishiach and thus there is no longer any obligation to keep fast days...

41

 Feb 03, 2010 at 12:07 PM Anonymous Says:

All I know, Rebbe would never give a Brochah for a gneivah

42

 Feb 03, 2010 at 12:23 PM Elki Says:

As is my policy, I never comment on "guilty" or "innocent" because I feel it would be presumptuous when I don't know exactly what transpired. This is the purveiw of rabbonim, courts, and most importantly Melech Malechei HaMelachim. But I am appalled at Ezagui's using the hallowed name of the Rebbe as defense. I have to say, someone who can try to pull the Rebbe into fraud and deception does not make a good case of his innocence.

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 Feb 03, 2010 at 12:28 PM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #39  
wikipedia.org Says:

The journalist that wrote this report know nothing about chabad, and probably went to wikipedia to look up who the rebbe is... notice ezagui never said the rebbe is the messia. he just said the rebbe gave him a blessing... the whole deal has nothing to do with messia, just an ignorant journalist.

And how would you know? Thanks for giving wikipedia a wonderful shout out. Fact is, many many lubavitchers believed and still believe the Rebbeh is the Messiah. Okay, so don't go putting down the journalist for reporting news. Just because a fellow jew is dumb doesn't make the journalist incorrect.

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 Feb 03, 2010 at 12:35 PM Mushka Says:

Ezagu has to go to the ohel and ask forgiveness, the holy rebbi shlita melech hamoshiach will forgive him I am sure for using his name in a fraud defense

45

 Feb 03, 2010 at 12:49 PM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #43  
Anonymous Says:

And how would you know? Thanks for giving wikipedia a wonderful shout out. Fact is, many many lubavitchers believed and still believe the Rebbeh is the Messiah. Okay, so don't go putting down the journalist for reporting news. Just because a fellow jew is dumb doesn't make the journalist incorrect.

How could you say that lubavitshers are dumb? do you know chassidus? did you know the rebbi? Did you ever see a nes from the rebbi? because I did. Just to give a blanket statment that lubavits is dumb is very childish

46

 Feb 03, 2010 at 12:49 PM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #28  
Chaya Says:

When he says the "REBBI" its like using a “code,” what he means is that the rebbi knew what he is doing actively, ..... I consider this a disgrace to the rebbi and all Judaism. ...The rebbi melech hamoshiach would never had allowed this.
The Rebbe, Melech HaMoshiach went out of his way to protect his chassidim and shield the people from getting harmed. How could Eliyahu Ezagui use the rebbi in such a manner? I have more then a few stories of how I had merited to see the Rebbe, shlita, Melech Hamashiach, with my plain eyes of flesh I saw zidkus and chassidus the rebbi was holy is holy and its a disgrace to pull the rebbi into this mess

Very well said

47

 Feb 03, 2010 at 12:57 PM me Says:

Reply to #43  
Anonymous Says:

And how would you know? Thanks for giving wikipedia a wonderful shout out. Fact is, many many lubavitchers believed and still believe the Rebbeh is the Messiah. Okay, so don't go putting down the journalist for reporting news. Just because a fellow jew is dumb doesn't make the journalist incorrect.

hey mister, look at what the journalist wrote... did the defendant also say that may people visit his grave? and btw, jews visit the graves of many holy men and women...

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 Feb 03, 2010 at 01:03 PM Richard Nixon Says:

Reply to #34  
sam Says:

theres a famous "saying" amongst chasidim- it goes a little something like this...moshiach can't be a chosid, becaus the misnagdim won't follow him so it must be a misnaged because the chasidim will also surely follow him...nimshal is, is that chasidism dont care who moshiach is, as long as he comes now! the misnagdim on the other hand "taineh" that "ahh, we've been in golus for 3,000+ years now, whats another 230 (shnas sheish elef) " vhamayvin yovin..moshiach now!

Wonderful. You insult hundreds of thousands of frum yiddin and then talk about how much you want Moshiach.

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 Feb 03, 2010 at 01:25 PM LubabHere Says:

Some of u lady posters just get a life - drop the melech hamoshiach stuff will ya - will you give it a break already??? - ur all so annoying and clueless. Besides this isn't a chabad site.. where is your brains?
Obviously none, or you would have derech eretz to the vast majority of non lubabs (& lubabs) that regard you with utter disebelief. Just amazing!

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 Feb 03, 2010 at 01:26 PM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #33  
Charlie Hall Says:

Perhaps he is lying about his relationship with the Rebbe?

he is not lying he was given a hammer to build and a banged people over the head with it .he use the bracha the wrong way. he losted.

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 Feb 03, 2010 at 01:47 PM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #40  
Anonymous Says:

You probably missed a story here on VIN about some of the leading lubavitch chassidim in Australia being put in Cherem (or whatever the correct term may be for not being included in minyanim etc) for having a big celebration on asarah b'teves because they hold that the rebbe has returned as moishiach and thus there is no longer any obligation to keep fast days...

you got the story punkt farkhert: the leading lubavs. in australia put what appears to be three families in chrerem. check your facts prior to posting.

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 Feb 03, 2010 at 01:54 PM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #48  
Richard Nixon Says:

Wonderful. You insult hundreds of thousands of frum yiddin and then talk about how much you want Moshiach.

dont twist what was posted. my family was close to the Rebbe and my husband is almost as livtish as they come. last week he told my daughter that perhaps moshiach will come tomorrow and when i looked at him aghast, he told me nearly the same thing. this is from a man who is nearly as frum as they come. moshiach NOW.

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 Feb 03, 2010 at 02:37 PM Anonymous Says:

when obama will gave him a blessing then he will be all right not because he is the masiah only he can pardon

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 Feb 03, 2010 at 03:14 PM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #17  
Anonymous Says:

This is unbelievable BS. Sorry. Ezagui was a developer and the Rebbe encouraged developers to build/renovate/rejuvenate Crown Heights.

Ezagui made the mistake of over investing on his properties when he did not have the right to do so, but people paid bobkes on his properties.

To invoke the Rebbe here is beyond a disgrace, it is ridiculous. Imagine, if the Rebbe encourages people to get married -does that mean he gives a blessing if the person decides to abuse the blessing by abusing his wife?????

People have free choice. The Rebbe gave many a bracha to develop Crown Heights, and today, Crown Heights is a beautiful, thriving neighborhood, a miracle in of itself. In the 1970's it was a shadow of what it is today. The Rebbe wanted a beautiful neighborhood that would stay Jewish, not like the many formally beautiful Jewish neighborhoods that are slums today. That was what the blessing was for - to beautify and build Crown Heights....

This is correct. The Rebbe gave Ezagui a brocho years ago to build houses for Yidden. He NEVER endorsed any form of cheating and Ezagui is being accused of squandering that brocho.

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 Feb 03, 2010 at 03:26 PM Anonymous Says:

As an askan, I once interceded on behalf of a family whose deed was being withheld. I spoke to this guy. His reaction was embarrassing, and it was unbecoming of a Yid. What a pity on his family for such a relative, who is almost everything a Yid should not be. And I agree with the many earlier comments that to invoke the name and mention of a tzaddik in the same sentence as this guy is a chutzpah and disgrace. May this crook receive his well deserved conviction and unlimited bushoh.

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 Feb 03, 2010 at 03:47 PM Anonymous Says:

this man was in Israel with his family, he came back to face his charges and prove himself innocent.
the least we can do is give him the benefit of the doubt, he did help hundreds of people.

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 Feb 03, 2010 at 04:08 PM To #44 Says:

If you want Ezagwei to go to the Ohel - then how can you still "nickmname" the Rebbe as "Melech Hamoshiach Shlita"?! If he is buired at the Ohel then he can't be "living" as a "Shlita"..! It is because B.T. like you that destroy the the name of Lubavitch.

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 Feb 03, 2010 at 05:13 PM Another victaim Says:

to #15.
I am a owner at one of his buildings that was also cheated by this Ezagui low-life. I was paying rent 2850 monthly for 6 month till I was able to close and was promised that this will be used towards the down payment.
When we came to the closing his corrupted lawyer said that he changed his mind and decided not to use this 17,100.00 towards the down payment. He stole that money from me. He is a crook!!!
Chutzpah he has to use the Rebbes name while the only support he ever got was from LG who was known for saying lies .

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 Feb 03, 2010 at 05:41 PM YoselG Says:

This has been a problem since yeshiva days, the an'hu'la showed us first with the work program etc. lunch program etc. F.R.U.M. etc. that it is ok to rip off the goverment just don't get caught. Well it went on to rip off people etc. as we can see now. We have to rewire ourselfs. This is no joke.
Maybe we should go back to the Rabbi who now lives on President st. also the guys who are now on springfield blvd. I am not talking about the Rebbe.

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 Feb 03, 2010 at 05:43 PM Chutzpa..... Says:

Its the greatest chutzpa to pull the Rebbe into peoples crimes. The Rebbe would give a brocho to anyone trying doing good. However the Rebbe NEVER gave a Hechsher to do illegal transactions, to cheat people and banks. When they finished blaming everyone on the adress book they go to the Rebbe, he gave the bracha. Shame, shame, shame.

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 Feb 03, 2010 at 05:56 PM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #56  
Anonymous Says:

this man was in Israel with his family, he came back to face his charges and prove himself innocent.
the least we can do is give him the benefit of the doubt, he did help hundreds of people.

Wrong. He was in Israel with his family, yes. He was flying from Israel to Brazil through JFK. He didn't know there was an arrest warrant out. He was picked up at JFK. He didn't come back to "face the music." He was simply caught.

His passport showed numerous trips to Dominican Republic, by the way.

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 Feb 04, 2010 at 12:55 AM Ezagui is 100% Innocent! Says:

I also purchased one of these Condo's from him and I know the inside story that he is indeed 100% innocent of all charges.

He cheated no one, the verdict will prove is innocence.

You will all see that the verdict will be NOT Guilty on all charges!

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 Feb 04, 2010 at 01:05 AM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #42  
Elki Says:

As is my policy, I never comment on "guilty" or "innocent" because I feel it would be presumptuous when I don't know exactly what transpired. This is the purveiw of rabbonim, courts, and most importantly Melech Malechei HaMelachim. But I am appalled at Ezagui's using the hallowed name of the Rebbe as defense. I have to say, someone who can try to pull the Rebbe into fraud and deception does not make a good case of his innocence.

"pull the Rebbe into fraud" you say? but first you say that you "never comment on guilty or innocent" until after the verdict"?

But you are sure it's fraud, even the the court is not so sure yet and bay decide he is innocent?

Are you schizophrenic?

Why don't you shut up until the verdict pronounces him innocent instead of blabbering off your mouth and being so presumptuous about anyone pulling the Rebbe in to fraud.

Fact is, there was no fraud here at all, whatsoever and the verdict in this case will prove it.

Wait and you will see.

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 Feb 04, 2010 at 01:10 AM Ezagui WON the Din Torah Says:

Reply to #18  
Anonymous Says:

Even if he ripped off the son of one of the rabbis on the Beis Din, did he ask for a different Beis Din or Zabl"a? That excuse wears thin very fast. Also, he went to the Beis Din with the rabbi being the father of one of the buyers twice--he signed the shtar berurin each time, agreeing to proceed in that Beis Din. Twice they ruled agianst him. After that he refused to do what the Beis Din had ruled, and he refused to go any more to Beis Din.

You have your facts wrong.

Ezagui went to the din Torah and the Din Torah Paskened that Ezagui (and not all all the Tennant's/investors) but rather that Eliyahu Ezagui owns all the condos 100%.

The Tennants, who all, LOST the Din Torah, were sore loosers and one of them (The Ravs son who lost the Din Torah) was the Moser who went to Make the Mesira to the Daily News and which prompted this trial.

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 Feb 04, 2010 at 08:29 AM Milhouse Says:

Reply to #40  
Anonymous Says:

You probably missed a story here on VIN about some of the leading lubavitch chassidim in Australia being put in Cherem (or whatever the correct term may be for not being included in minyanim etc) for having a big celebration on asarah b'teves because they hold that the rebbe has returned as moishiach and thus there is no longer any obligation to keep fast days...

No, I didn't miss any such story, because there was no such story outside your diseased imagination. You are either delusional, senile, or deliberately lying. There are no other options.

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 Feb 04, 2010 at 08:31 AM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #64  
Ezagui WON the Din Torah Says:

You have your facts wrong.

Ezagui went to the din Torah and the Din Torah Paskened that Ezagui (and not all all the Tennant's/investors) but rather that Eliyahu Ezagui owns all the condos 100%.

The Tennants, who all, LOST the Din Torah, were sore loosers and one of them (The Ravs son who lost the Din Torah) was the Moser who went to Make the Mesira to the Daily News and which prompted this trial.

This is just false. He lost the din torah TWICE.

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 Feb 04, 2010 at 08:31 AM Milhouse Says:

Reply to #43  
Anonymous Says:

And how would you know? Thanks for giving wikipedia a wonderful shout out. Fact is, many many lubavitchers believed and still believe the Rebbeh is the Messiah. Okay, so don't go putting down the journalist for reporting news. Just because a fellow jew is dumb doesn't make the journalist incorrect.

It may be true but what's it got to do with the story? Nothing. So the journalist was incompetent for mentioning it.

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 Feb 04, 2010 at 08:43 AM Milhouse Says:

Reply to #51  
Anonymous Says:

you got the story punkt farkhert: the leading lubavs. in australia put what appears to be three families in chrerem. check your facts prior to posting.

Actually nobody was put in cherem.

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 Feb 04, 2010 at 08:47 AM Milhouse Says:

Reply to #64  
Ezagui WON the Din Torah Says:

You have your facts wrong.

Ezagui went to the din Torah and the Din Torah Paskened that Ezagui (and not all all the Tennant's/investors) but rather that Eliyahu Ezagui owns all the condos 100%.

The Tennants, who all, LOST the Din Torah, were sore loosers and one of them (The Ravs son who lost the Din Torah) was the Moser who went to Make the Mesira to the Daily News and which prompted this trial.

Another liar heard from. I've seen the piskei din from several of the dinei torah brought. In each and every one, the beis din ruled that he had sold the apartments and they are not his.

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 Feb 04, 2010 at 09:10 AM dude Says:

Reply to #6  
Anonymous Says:

Rebbe was & IS still .......:-)

reallly???? thats funny cuz only kids are the ones with invisible friends

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 Feb 04, 2010 at 05:01 PM Investors Remorse Says:

Reply to #69  
Milhouse Says:

Another liar heard from. I've seen the piskei din from several of the dinei torah brought. In each and every one, the beis din ruled that he had sold the apartments and they are not his.

#69 is a liar.

I have copies of the Piskey Dinim and am ready to present the evidence of each and every Psak Din and in and every case the Beis Din ruled that Ezagui was the rightful owner of the Condos.

The investments were genuine honest losses and the investors were just sore losers with "Investors Remorse".

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 Feb 04, 2010 at 09:08 PM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #71  
Investors Remorse Says:

#69 is a liar.

I have copies of the Piskey Dinim and am ready to present the evidence of each and every Psak Din and in and every case the Beis Din ruled that Ezagui was the rightful owner of the Condos.

The investments were genuine honest losses and the investors were just sore losers with "Investors Remorse".

Sorry I have copies of the piskei din also and Ezagui lost.

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 Feb 05, 2010 at 01:26 AM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #26  
samklein30 Says:

Moshiach is decided by hashem. There are no elections to vote who is moshiach. moshiach could eb a misnagid. whoever moshiach is, can't wait to greet him.

That's not the problem. Unfortunately, if he was in such a hurry to meet you he would have been here already. That's the problem

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 Feb 05, 2010 at 01:52 AM Milhouse Says:

Reply to #71  
Investors Remorse Says:

#69 is a liar.

I have copies of the Piskey Dinim and am ready to present the evidence of each and every Psak Din and in and every case the Beis Din ruled that Ezagui was the rightful owner of the Condos.

The investments were genuine honest losses and the investors were just sore losers with "Investors Remorse".

Wow, the depths to which some people will sink. To simply tell lies! I've seen the piskei din. I've seen the documents. I have copies. And #71 is simply misstating the facts. In every single case, the beis din ruled that a) the buyers had to pay what they owed in full, and b) the apartments belonged to them, and as soon as they paid in full Ezagui must give them the deeds.

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