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From Feds Bust N.J. Officials - Mayors, Lawmakers, Rabbis Arrested

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — An investigation into the sale of black-market kidneys and fake Gucci handbags evolved into a sweeping probe of political corruption in New Jersey, ensnaring more than 40 people Thursday, including three mayors, two state lawmakers and several rabbis.

Even for a state with a rich history of graft, the scale of wrongdoing alleged was breathtaking. An FBI official called corruption "a cancer that is destroying the core values of this state."

Federal prosecutors said the investigation initially focused on a money laundering network that operated between Brooklyn, N.Y.; Deal, N.J.; and Israel. The network is alleged to have laundered tens of millions of dollars through Jewish charities controlled by rabbis in New York and New Jersey.

Prosecutors then used an informant in that investigation to help them go after corrupt politicians. The informant — a real estate developer charged with bank fraud three years ago — posed as a crooked businessman and paid a string of public officials tens of thousands of dollars in bribes to get approvals for buildings and other projects in New Jersey, authorities said.

Among the 44 people arrested were the mayors of Hoboken, Ridgefield and Secaucus, Jersey City's deputy mayor, and two state assemblymen. A member of the governor's cabinet resigned after agents searched his home, though he was not arrested. All but one of the officeholders are Democrats.

Also, five rabbis from New York and New Jersey — two of whom lead congregations in Deal — were accused of laundering millions of dollars, some of it from the sale of counterfeit goods and bankruptcy fraud, authorities said.

Others arrested included building and fire inspectors, city planning officials and utilities officials, all of them accused of using their positions to further the corruption.

In rounding up the defendants, FBI and IRS agents raided a synagogue Thursday morning in Deal, a wealthy oceanfront city of Mediterranean-style mansions, with a large population of Syrian Jews.

Those arrested include Levy Izhak Rosenbaum of Brooklyn, who was charged with conspiring to arrange the sale of an Israeli citizen's kidney for $160,000 for a transplant for the informant's fictitious uncle. Rosenbaum was quoted as saying he had been arranging the sale of kidneys for 10 years.

The politicians arrested were not accused of any involvement in the money laundering or the trafficking in human organs and counterfeit handbags.

The number of arrests was remarkable even for New Jersey, where more than 130 public officials have pleaded guilty or have been convicted of corruption since 2001.

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All but one of the officeholders are Democrats.

The number of arrests was remarkable even for New Jersey, where more than 130 public officials have pleaded guilty or have been convicted of corruption since 2001.

Let's extend the borders of D.C. to include New Jersey then nobody will notice  ;)

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 ;D  Quite the sting operation eh Brian.

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Makes you wonder how much of that goes on but never found out

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The above site says the kidneys from Israel were being sold for $160,000, half up front and it's been going on for 10 years.

This video says the donors were paid $10,000.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ToPx4aZ1CUA

Quite the 'charitable organization' eh.

I wonder whether the donors were Palestinians.  I can't see Jews giving up organs.
 

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Rabbis arrested for money laundering the trafficking in human organs and
« Reply #5 on: December 17, 2009, 04:21:42 PM »
....Well...Right and wrong is a personal opinion, but you yourself were saying things werent right, what makes your opinion above others, kinda gave an air in that post like you were. But it is an opinion, but thats how society works, there will always be a higher opinion. Nothing we can do about that.... I dont see the point of this thread really. Just giving you something to rant about? O.o

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That's right crestiksa "there will always be a higher opinion".  That's who arrested them.  :)

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That's right crestiksa "there will always be a higher opinion".  That's who arrested them.  :)


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