New Jersey Corruption – Arrests include Mayors, State Legislators and Rabbis – Trafficking Everything from Human Organs to Fake
Posted Jul 24 2009 10:59pm
The article states the number arrested was large enough to require buses to bring them into the stations. The one item that is bothersome here is the accused Rabbi involvement with trafficking kidneys, offering to sell them and laundering money, the 2 just don’t seem to go together in most people’s books including mine.
The “kidney salesman” admitted to brokering kidneys by offering individuals in Israel to sell their kidney for ten thousand dollars and then would put the kidney for sale in the US for $160,000. A whistleblower or informant was quoted as being the source for all the arrests and investigations that lead up to today’s actions. Payments were made in installments and the final big chunk was collected when the Rosenbaum was able to get the individual in the hospital in Israel. BD
U.S. Attorney, FBI hold press conference on corruption arrests
NEWARK, N.J. – The mayors of three New Jersey cities, two state legislators and several rabbis were among more than 40 people arrested Thursday in a sweeping corruption investigation that began as a probe into an international money laundering ring that trafficked in goods as diverse as human organs and fake designer handbags.
Among 44 people arrested Thursday were Hoboken Mayor Peter Cammarano III, Secaucus Mayor Dennis Elwell, Jersey City Deputy Mayor Leona Beldini, state Assemblyman L. Harvey Smith and state Assemblyman Daniel Van Pelt.
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.
Those arrested included 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.